Reader: WHS needs better athletic facilities

Dear Editor,

There are people who care about our school and seem helpless because our kids do so much with so little. Our elected officials are not trying to (do) anything but talk. We need more and, most importantly, we need your help in making people aware and asking our elected officials what they are doing about the problem.

You can ask Wetumpka High School football coach Tim Perry if we need better facilities. I’m not the only person who feels this way; I’m just the first one to go public. We need a better football stadium, too.

If our politicians and the City of Wetumpka need some ideas on how to raise the resources to accomplish this goal for our children, here we go. You can have a temporary sales tax for the Wetumpka High School district; once the goal has been met, the tax can be cut off. If this is not a good idea, then we can always do bonds. We can sell bonds to the community or businesses to help raise the money. If that doesn’t work either, put it on the ballot and let the people vote.

We deserve better than what we are giving our children. I know some people want schools in Redland and others don’t care about Wetumpka but there should be enough of us who live here and care about Wetumpka to make a difference. Those of us whose kids go to Wetumpka know we do care and we are going to hold our elected officials accountable for their inaction on helping solving this simple problem.

For our kids to have a better football stadium and athletic complex, we need to start electing people who care about our kids and not make excuses to find solutions to the problems of our school community. It’s time to make a change in our political leaders. There’s been enough talk; time for action, no more talking.

If the leaders of the city, county and school board can’t come together and solve this problem for us, we need to get rid of them and elect people who do want to help our kids, not by their words but by their deeds.

We don’t even have a competition track for a 6A school. All I see is excuses from our local officials.

There are school officials who support this but have to remain in the shadows. I know officials understand, so if they could give us any help finding out why our elected officials are not doing anything to build a high school athletic facility would be a great appreciated.

If you are parent and you have a student-athlete at Wetumpka High School, you should be able to see why it is important to have an indoor facility where your child can train to become a better athlete to get a good scholarship or to be the best athlete they can be. When you travel to other schools and see how nice their facilities are and it doesn’t bother you Wetumpka — not a poor area — has so much less, you’re not upset and you’re not voicing your opinion, that’s why we don’t have anything.

The parents are still sitting on their hands and not saying anything and we wonder why things are the way they are. It’s our fault because we are not holding the politicians to the fire. It’s time to stand up and be accountable.

What side you are on, the growth of our athletic program or the status quo? I can tell by the silence.

Frank Jones

Wetumpka