CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Charlotte-Mecklenburg School (CMS) Board recently approved more than $2.5 million for improvements for Phillip O. Berry Academy field.
The money will pay for a new eight lane synthetic surface track, a synthetic turf football field and other upgrades. Parents and students who have been fighting for quite some time are relieved change is finally coming.
"It's unfortunate that you have to fight so hard to get things done for the school system," former Phillip O. Berry Academy Booster Club President Sharon Greene said.
Students have told school board members just how bad the field was. They told school leaders some visiting teams have refused to use their star players in fear they would get injured because of the conditions of the football field.
Gym mats and crates have been used to cover drains near the field. Also standing water is constant after a rain storm to indicate lack of drainage. Greene thinks the improvements will do wonders for student athletes.
"Now they will be able to go out and play and have some pride about Phillip O Berry High School," Greene said, "because it is honestly a good school."
Hoss Contracting, Inc. will do the work and it is scheduled to be finished July, 2019.