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T. C. Williams' Stadium Lights

Issues

2017-11-10 SHA Ltr to TWC Advisory Committee

2007 MOU between ACPS and RPCA (PDF)

2014-06-09 Testimony of Nan to School Board on TCW lights (PDF)

2014-06-19 TCW documents [docx]

2014-10-02 Testimony to School Board on TCW lights [docx]

Nan's Notes

2018-06-14 Plans for the new football stadium, which includes lighting for the field, are expected to be filed with the City in September. Residents who oppose the lights are represented by a law firm in DC.

2018-03-22 Nan recommends reading two Alexandria Times articles: A school cook's forgotten civil rights stand by Jim Mcelhatton and the editorial Should Alexandria's high school bear the name 'T.C. Williams?'

2018-05-10 A recent poll about lighting the stadium field showed 53% in favor and 47% against lights. There was a flurry of last minute inputs from sports clubs outside of SHA which greatly influenced the final tally. The plan is to rent it nightly to sports clubs; i.e. adult soccer teams.

Excerpt from the article that has great photos: In the fall of 1958, longtime Alexandria schools superintendent Thomas Chambliss "T.C." Williams took the unusual step of firing a black school cafeteria worker who by all accounts did a stellar job.

The cook, Blois Hundley, 42, a mother of eight, had just joined in a federal civil rights lawsuit to force Alexandria schools to let her children attend a whites-only school. To Williams, this was an unforgivable, fireable offense. He called Hundley's participation in the civil rights lawsuit "a slap in the face". Hundley never worked for Alexandria's public school system again.

Sixty years later, the name T.C. Williams is world famous - not just for the high school named after him on King Street, but for the idealized story of integration made famous by Hollywood in the movie "Remember the Titans". By contrast, the name Blois Hundley is all but forgotten.

Continue reading at 03_22_2018-Alex_Times_WEB.pdf

2018-02-28 About 30 neighbors attended a community meeting about the new stadium planned for T. C. William High School. It was led by a School Board representative and a consultant. The school board members present were not allowed to talk. After a review of the most recent design for the stadium—lights, sound system, and refreshment stand—neighbors expressed their continuing frustrations with the design. They announced that they are now represented by a DC law firm, pro bono, which is looking into how their civil rights are being violated.

2018-02-11 The ACPS has scheduled public meetings about the plans for the T. C. Williams stadium but did not allow SHA residents to say their reasons for opposing having lights on the stadium on November 27, 2017. SHA residents were told they will have a separate "make-up" meeting where they can voice their opposition at 7 pm on February 28 at the Addison Building of the Virginia Theological Seminary. The final public ACPS meeting about the stadium is on March 12 at 6pm at Minnie Howard. Not sure if SHA residents can speak.

2018-02-11 The plan for the TCW stadium is with the Planning Commission. No word on the cost; likely in the $5 million range.

2017-10-12 The SHA Board of Directors voted to financially support Area 1 and 2 residents in their efforts that the new TC Williams Stadium meet the requirements of the DSUP and not include stadium lights on the field.

2015-02-11 The School Board allocated $320,000 in its FY2016 budget for studying improvements to the T. C. Williams stadium

2015-01 The School Board found $1.25 Million for the T. C. Williams stadium but that amount does not include the cost of the new field or the lights: $320,000 for concept and design, $300,000 for concession stands and ticket booth, $75,000 for press box, $250,000 for visitors� bleachers (no space), $250,000 for landscaping, $50,000 annual contract to maintain the grounds.

2014-10-09 The SHA Board of Directors remains opposed to efforts to install lights on the football stadium at T. C. Williams High School (TCW). Since the 1960s, the City�s Mayors and Members of City Council have promised us verbally and through zoning restrictions�specifically Condition #85 of the school�s DSUP�that no lights would be erected on this field, which is located 20� from some single family homes. Nevertheless, the School Board spent funds to study the feasibility of installing lights on the stadium.

2014-10-09 SHA Board Members continue to support Condition #85, which became a written agreement in 2003 when the City wanted to expand the size of TCW. In the 2003 DSUP for the larger building, Condition #85 reads: �No permanent stadium lighting shall be installed at the School stadium or on any other athletic fields, including the proposed new practice field.� In 2013, this condition was amended with the approval of the neighbors and SHA to allow for lights on six new tennis courts that were supposed to be built last spring. Condition #85 now reads: �No permanent stadium lighting shall be installed at the School stadium or on any other athletic fields except as to allow for the lighted tennis courts proposed under the DSUP2013-0014 submission.�

2014-10-02 SHA residents spoke at the School Board meeting about the problems and flaws with the feasibility study done by Kimley-Horn for putting lights on the football field at TCW. Nevertheless, the School Board approved further study of the proposal in a vote of 8-1 with Pat Hennig voting against pursuing this option. According to the feasibility study:

2014-09-24 School Board member Christopher Lewis led a community meeting during which citizens discussed the feasibility study done by Kimley-Horn for putting lights on the football field at TCW.

2014-06-09 During a one-hour public meeting with the School Board, several members of SHA explained the reasons for Condition #85 of the DSUP for TCW that prohibits lights on the football stadium. School Board members claimed ignorance of the history of the historic community decimated by the construction of the school and ignorance of the existing agreements between us and the City that this particular field would not have lights.

2014-06 The City has documented that the ACPS has failed to implement the required landscaping at TCW, but no plan or timeframe for implementation is available as of October 2014.

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