New facility expected to meet growing program demands
By Richard Zowie —
It’s currently an empty field, about two blocks south of Fredericksburg High School, used by the Fredericksburg Independent School District to store dirt for maintenance purposes.
But an enrollment boom in the agriculture science program (from 87 to 400 students in three years) could soon turn the field into an ag barn that can be used to house show animals, expanding Fredericksburg’s Future Farmers of America program.
That may be determined when the Fredericksburg Independent School District board of trustees meets Monday, Nov. 11 to decide whether or not to spend $1.6 million to turn the 3.5-acre empty lot into a new agriculture barn.
Some think the new facility would get more students involved in FHS’ ag science program.
“Kids feel like they have a place they can learn something hands-on and have an opportunity to be successful, to compete and to put themselves in position where they can get scholarships or go straight to the work field,” said Patrick Padgett, who, along with Maddie Hays, teaches in FHS’ agricultural science program and advises students in Future Farmers of America.
Also to be decided at the Monday meeting is whether to spend about $1.2 million to install synthetic turf at the FHS Stadium and to add an eighth track lane.
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