The idea of moving Matson Field, currently located across the street from Heritage E-STEM Magnet Middle School, was discussed by a district Facilities Task Force in the fall of 2013. At that time the Task Force recommended that, while the idea had merit, the School Board should conduct additional study and community engagement before moving forward.
In January 2014, a group of stadium advocates in the community contacted school board members to ask that the district consider including the stadium in the May referendum that was being planned, knowing that relocating the stadium would likely require a bond referendum. In February 2014 the school board agreed that a discussion on the stadium was warranted but should occur after the referendum.
The school district’s May referendum failed to pass. The school board is now considering if and when to resubmit questions regarding technology, early learning, and/or security to the community for a second vote or to seek other avenues to address these needs. Although no final decision has been made, if another referendum is deemed necessary, questions could be put on a ballot as soon as the November 2014 general election.
As the school board deliberates this question they have directed administration to assess the above stadium question, recalling the interest expressed by members of the community in January. Based on this analysis, the school board will consider whether a question regarding a stadium should be considered in a future referendum. Again, no decision has been made regarding a referendum, and no date has been set.
School District 197 values stakeholder input. Therefore, a committee of parents, community members, coaches, school board members and administrators has been formed to explore the stadium relocation topic in June and July 2014.
The District is working with Wold Architects and Engineers to facilitate the ad hoc committee.
Anyone with questions regarding the Stadium Advisory Committee may contact the Superintendent's Office at 651-403-7002.