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Boone bleachers deemed unsafe

The Washington County School System may have another “major capital project” that will need to be funded soon, according to Director of Schools Ron Dykes.
Dykes told the school board last week that the top two sections of Daniel Boone High School’s football stadium bleachers had deteriorated to the point they could not hold crowds for the high school’s graduation.
A structural assessment on the bleachers’ safety proved that large crowds would be too much for the top two rows of the 40-year-old structure.
The board voted to allow Dykes to let architects perform a cost assessment for the repairs to the stadium.
As a result, Boone’s graduation ceremonies will be held inside the gymnasium because of the safety hazard of the bleachers, despite previous concerns about overcrowding and violations of fire marshall regulations at graduation.
On the other hand, the board decided to allow David Crockett High School’s graduation ceremonies, which are also overcrowded, to be held at the Pioneers football stadium to test out the outdoor option.
The board did consider using Freedom Hall Civic Center as a place for both graduations thi year, but the date was not available this year. The venue will be looked at for next year’s graduations, board members said.
The board also voted to re-establish the QUEST (Quality Educational Support for Tomorrow) foundation, which was founded in 1986 and became defunt in 1996. The foundation was to help promote academic programs through helping benefactors donate to the Washington County School System.