Hamilton Co. Commission Denies Central High’s New Track Proposal

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF)- Hamilton County’s Central High School needs a new track.

Right now, student athletes can’t even practice at their own school.

A proposal today before the Hamilton County Commission to build a new track fell flat.

The cost to replace the track will take up to about $500,000.

Central falls within Hamilton County school board member Steve Higlander’s district.

“Right now central high school is having to go to red bank which is across the other side of the river… creating an additional safety hazard every time these students are forced to make that drive,” stated Highlander.

Wednesday morning, Hamilton County commissioners were presented with a project proposal to replace central’s track.

All the commissioners seemed to agree it needs to be replaced, but their sticking point- Why not the track in their district?

“If we are going to talk about equity and fairness District 6 has not seen 1 nickel for a track for a building project.”

“I’m advocating for Hixson to not be treated like a step sister, like Cinderella was, but as a full blooded sister to central… welcome at the table with all the blessings and grace that comes… so I’m not opposed to central, but I do want to make the case for Hixson”

Wednesday’s proposal could not pass because 5 commissioners abstained from the vote citing the need for more information.

Central alumni council member James Walker hopes the project can still be completed done by this spring’s track season.

“I’m leaving here with a more positive feeling about it, but we will see.”

Procedural rules mean replacing Central’s track can be brought up again for another vote.

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