Stadium Project Back on the Table for CB East

The Central Bucks School District may move ahead with a project to build a sports stadium at its high school in Buckingham.

CB East may get a sports stadium after all.

After years of court cases and debate, the Central Bucks School District on Tuesday will once again take up the idea of building a stadium at the high school in Buckingham.

The school board is set to discuss the project at its meeting at 7:30 p.m.

District officials have recommended holding a town hall meeting, and have suggested a date of Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the Lenape Middle School auditorium.

"We are thinking a public hearing town hall meeting would be appropriate to bring this issue to the community," says the memo attached to Tuesday's school board agenda.

The stadium project was added to the district's long-range capital improvement plan last year. 

A design team estimated the project's current costs at about $5.6 million. As outlined, the project would include:

  • Demolition of existing areas
  • 8-lane running track and field event areas
  • Synthetic turf field (would require township approval)
  • 3,000 seat grandstands
  • Concession building, press box, and two ticket booths
  • Site improvements such as fencing, retaining walls and paving
  • No lights or sound system are allowed by current zoning, but infrastructure would be installed "for future consideration"
  • Costs such as design fees, permits and legal fees

The district set aside $2.5 million from a bond issue in 1997 for the stadium. In addition, the ongoing renovation project at the high school came in about $7 million under budget, because of a favorable construction climate due to the recession, school officials said.

"Those favorable bid results, combined with the $2.5 million originally set aside for the project will cover the projected cost of the new CB East stadium," according to the summary from the district.

First proposed in the 1990s, the stadium has faced one obstacle after another, mostly in the form of challenges from neighbors.

In 1999, the district submitted plans for the stadium to Buckingham Township officials. After extensive review and debate, township supervisors approved a land development plan in December 2002.

But in 2003, neighbors Jeff and Mary Bretz filed a lawsuit over the project, launching what Bucks County Judge Clyde Waite would call in 2011 a "serpentine" course of legal challenges that had the case bouncing back and forth for years.

After Waite's decision in favor of the township and the school board, the Bretzes appealed to Commonwealth Court. But in 2012, that court upheld the decision from county court, finally clearing the way for the stadium project to move forward.


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Denise Jordan February 12, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Brando, 2.5 million has been earmarked for the stadium. The estimated cost for building the stadium is 5.6 million.That means the outstanding balance is 3.1 million. So just to clarify, all of the money needed to build the stadium is not earmarked. I just believe (and this is only my opinion) that the money left over from East's renovations should not fund the stadium. We have had budget cuts in our school district the past few years and now we may have the ability to actually be "on the plus side" for a change. I just think (at the very least) we need to sit down and prioritize our "needs". We owe that much to our teachers/staff but also to our future of this country, our children.
Malcolm Raymond February 12, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Thank you captainstabbins the back!
June Goodwin February 12, 2013 at 08:31 PM
CB has more money from the bond issue leftover to finance the balance.. Interest rates low and construction bids lower due to recession. This is an affordable, doable project and we will still support academic excellence after the stadium is built. Build this baby!
Alison February 12, 2013 at 08:40 PM
What percentage of students at CB East play sports that would use the stadium? I would guess that is a pretty small number. Building the stadium at the proposed site will make the congestion and dangerous conditions on Holicong Road even more so by increasing traffic for more hours of the week. At a time when the schools are supposedly on an austerity budget, the earmarked money and the surplus from CB E construction could be used for things that would benefit a lot more students and be less disruptive to the neighborhood.
captainstabbins February 12, 2013 at 09:01 PM
You are comparing an apple to an orange...But since you already have a stadium why should you care. A pool and a stadium are 2 different things. Cant really have graduation and track meets at a pool...Did you complain when South was being built pointing out all the excessive spending that went on there??
Jane February 12, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Pretty ironic that you called out "apples and oranges" and went on to compare the building of a new educational facility to a sports stadium. Maybe a little more time with the books and a little less time with the football or whatever.
captainstabbins February 12, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Jane...You must have kids that go to West or South...Your short sighted views are amusing...
Joan Rudy February 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM
If they did what they were suppossed to do in 1969 things wouldn't be where they are today. All my kids did w/o a stadum, going to West. EAST deserves a stadium, especially with all our tax money they spent on South.
Tim Stack February 13, 2013 at 12:29 AM
Several years ago, I, along with many others, gave money for a new stadium to be built in the name of our classmate, Craig Stover. Whatever happened to that idea and the money?
John February 13, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Lets get it built, and built now! I also recommend that it be named in honor of former player and football team captain, Lt. Colby Umbrell, who died in action in Afghanistan. I fitting tribute.
Mary191 February 13, 2013 at 02:02 AM
CB West uses the Y swimming pool.... I guess it is 1,000 yards from the school... seems very reasonable to me. If there was a stadium 1,000 or so yards close to East... I doubt there would be any issue. it's WAY past time for the East stadium to be built.
Mary191 February 13, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Colby Umbrell ... somehow that name should be part of the stadium.
hope February 13, 2013 at 02:58 AM
School is about learning, not playing sports....our kids have less academic opportunities now due to budget cuts...SHAME ON CB DISTRICT IF THEY USE THAT MONEY FOR A STUPID STADIUM! And yes, my kids will go to CB East and play sports. However, we are raising them to know that sports are a fun HOBBY...it is your brain that will get you through life!
Jeff Lugar February 13, 2013 at 01:31 PM
They don't need a stadium because they've done without just fine for the school's entire life. Money saved over low bids from this other project should be squirreled away for a rainy day or used to give tax payers a break. If they go ahead and build this stadium, but then cry poverty and pull this 'tax assessment appeal' nonsense yet again this summer, it's going to raise even more anger and questions about their fiscal management.
Doylestownian February 13, 2013 at 06:18 PM
Alison, your guess would be wrong. This facility would be used by varsity boys soccer, varsity girls soccer, JV boys soccer, JV girls soccer, boys track, girls track, marching band, varsity football, JV football, and presumably several teams from next-door neighbor Holicong Middle School, which also has inferior facilities. That adds up to well over 500 students every school year. Did you know that football games alone require 7 busses and a truck to transport everyone to West?
Erik Kempf February 13, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Build the stadium already! $5.6 million is spit in the ocean. Allen High School in Dallas TX just spent $60 million on there new stadium. I road that bus to West's stadium 25 years ago every week and hated it. Every week is an away game. Sports generate revenue for the school as well.
Doylestownian February 13, 2013 at 06:56 PM
For some students, sports equal scholarships that make it possible for them to attend college. For others, it becomes their career. Sports teach our kids the value of teamwork, a skill that is important in all careers. Physical fitness is (or should be) taught to all of our kids. This is a one-time investment that will benefit both current and future students, and will be available for use by the community at large. The cuts that this district have have made have been due to ongoing, long-term commitments such as salaries, benefits and pensions. That's very different from a one-time investment in infrastructure.
Krby February 13, 2013 at 07:27 PM
When I was at East they were taking donations for the stadium...I'm sure over all these years people have made plenty of donations towards building it
captainstabbins February 13, 2013 at 07:53 PM
How can you say they don't need a stadium. How are you sure they have been fine without one?? Do you speak for the kids?? Do you have some knowledge that no one else is privy too?? Or is that just your opinion?? If it is about your taxes possibly going up than state that. Don't try to make stupid arguments.
Jane February 13, 2013 at 07:58 PM
No high school-aged kids yet here; worried about the long term costs that we'll all have to pay down the line. All I seem to hear is that state and local budgets are stretched and people don't want their taxes to go up, and then turn around and a select few want taxpayer subsidies for their kids' hobbies. Shortsighted indeed.
Malcolm Raymond February 14, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Be consoled Hope that your children will be better equipped because of your prudent advise to survive in this competative world where most children don't even have access to a stadium let alone to two in this school district. Put your money in education quickly or we will be working as guides showing foreigner relics of our once great nation like CB east stadium in sunny bucks county.
Joan Rudy February 14, 2013 at 03:31 AM
When people moved here they knew they were moving into one of the best school systems in the state. Excellent schools means higher taxes and I think that is more of the the issue with you people that don't want the stadium. The excellent education is there and that's why you moved here. It's just ashame that in 1968/69 they decided to put the stadium on hold instead of going ahead with it then. Bretz' wouldn't have anything to complain about because they wouldn't be here.
Jeff Lugar February 14, 2013 at 01:52 PM
I stated flat-out it was partially about everyone's taxes potentially going up needlessly--"or used to give tax payers a break". Just because they've saved money on a project doesn't mean they have to look for a way to spend it; it could be actually saved. And I'm sure CB East kids would love a stadium on their grounds, but they don't 100% need it if they've done without for decades.
captainstabbins February 14, 2013 at 02:47 PM
I think they 100% want it and deserve it. Just because they went decades without it is irrelevant. Using your logic women should have been happy that they couldn't vote since they went decades without that right...
Alison February 17, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Doylestownian, your numbers actually support my point. Less than a third of students enrolled at CB East are in sports that would use the stadium. And very few of those sports draw crowds that need a 3000 seat stadium anyway, so while they might use it, they don't really need it. If we have $5.6 million to spend (which we don't, yet), why not spend it on something that can benefit more students? And if the 7 buses and a truck needed for transport to West is too much, maybe we should look at the budget and see what can be done to reduce it, just like we've done with other programs.
Sue Gav February 17, 2013 at 02:43 AM
Barry Schwartz February 17, 2013 at 07:21 PM
Thanks for doing the math for us, Jane. The district already has the buses, might as well use them. Do we really need to spend $6 MM for another stadium to play, what, 12 games a year?
Mark Orpen February 17, 2013 at 11:06 PM
With all the cuts the school board has made recently now is NOT the time to be considering spending on a stadium. What message is the school board sending to our children, our community if they put a stadium ahead of education? Come on. Let's be real folks.
Bob February 19, 2013 at 11:46 AM
Does the plan include ongoing maintenance costs? There is a lot of clean up effort before and after games, and the heavy costs of maintaining the field and track well enough for multiple sports to use throughout the year. If 3 million were to be raised for the stadium, what else could 3 million be used for instead? Or what could the 2m be used for without raising another 3m? What are our other current deficits and needs for the school to actually make a decision? If everything is going great, teachers and kids are happy, then perhaps this is a good project to progress. But i would imagine there are more pressing issues that money can be used for.
Jim March 20, 2013 at 10:12 PM
I find it funny that a lot of the comments seem to limit the use of a stadium to football. As one of the above comments above indicated football is only one of the uses. Athletic teams from both the high school and middle school will use the facility along the band, cheerleading squads and several club activities. Safety for all of the students in case of emergencies is also a factor. A stadium is more than just a place for football. It is a place for the community to gather and support the school and local activities. My last comment concerns the comments that appear to lessen the importance of athletics. Athletics is means for young people to learn to communicate, socialize, lead and develop their personal skills. It helps develop well rounded individuals, rather than just people that can text message. Activities that will take place here will help the students possibly achieve the goals. Many of these students will use the skills developed here to gain scholarships, entrance into college and gain valuable friends that will help find jobs later in life.


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