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South High stadium shot down

By Lauren Maxwell 10:18 PM February 11, 2014

South will likely be the only school without a stadium

ANCHORAGE - The Anchorage Planning and Zoning Commission voted down plans for a stadium at South Anchorage High School, which may put an end to the long-running issue.

Residents of the Turnagain View neighborhood were concerned about the noise and disruption a stadium could bring.

Others said they were never told the practice fields could be developed into anything else when the school was built 10 years ago.

South High Principal Kersten Johnson-Struempler said the news is a disappointment for students, especially those who have been working on the project for years.

“They were freshmen when this whole journey began in terms of going to public hearings and all those types of things,” Johnson-Struempler said. “They’ll be seniors and graduating without seeing these facilities come to life.”

In the near future, South may be the only Anchorage high school without a stadium. The district plans to build four more this summer at West, Bartlett, Service and Eagle River High Schools.

Funding for the South stadium had already been approved by the State Legislature. Now the district may have to give the money back.

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