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Lincoln Prep to get new football field and track

New football field for Lincoln Prep High on hold
Posted at 9:25 PM, Jan 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 08:44:04-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Students at Lincoln Prep High School will soon get a new football field and full track.

The KCPS Board of Education approved field renovations Wednesday night, which allows Lincoln Prep to have a competition field and host football and soccer games as well as track events at the school.

The school was the only high school with a football team that could not host games at the school. The field is too small and run down. There are not enough bleachers, either.

"I had doubts that we wouldn't get the field but at the same time I told the team we still have to do what we did with or without a field," said sophomore Jermaine Hamilton-Jordan, who is on the football team.

The school broke ground for the new football field on July 12, after receiving a $100,000 donation from alum and current Miami Dolphins defensive end Charles Harris. Harris, KCPS Superintendent Mark Bedell and KCPS Athletic Director James Sanders all attended.

But in December, the board put the school's renovation plans on hold after learning the district wanted to build a competition field. The board originally approved a new practice field, which was less than half the cost.

Bedell thanked the school board Wednesday night for bringing their concerns to the district administration's attention.

According to the district administration, plans for the renovation are still on-schedule. The district expects the field to be ready for the first home game and practices in August.