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Storms cause an estimated $50,000 damage to Edmond schools athletic facilities

The storms that ripped through Edmond early Wednesday took a toll on the Edmond Public Schools' athletic facilities. A preliminary estimate from Edmond's athletic director: $50,000
By JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer, Modified: August 10, 2011 at 12:37 pm •  Published: August 10, 2011

EDMOND — The violent thunderstorm that struck early Wednesday morning caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to the Edmond Public Schools’ athletic facilities, district athletic director Mike Nunley said.

Of the damages, an estimated $30,000 came at Edmond North High School, where the play clock on the school’s football field was at a 45-degree angle, trees were down, track equipment was destroyed and tennis facilities were also damaged.

“We lost a tremendous amount of wind screens at our tennis courts, and those are super expensive,” Nunley said. “The pole vault pit (at Edmond North) is $15,000.

“We haven’t lost anything light-wise or any scoreboards. We’ve tested them all and we’re optimistic that we’re OK there.”

Nunley said wind screens were damaged at the tennis courts at Edmond North, Edmond Santa Fe High School and at four of the district’s five middle schools. Edmond Memorial High School appears to have sustained no damage, he said.

The Edmond North football team practiced at the school Wednesday morning, and was helping clean up some of the damage after practice.

“Our kids are helping out, cleaning up,” Edmond North football coach Jeremy Dombek said. “This stuff just happens.”

The damages couldn’t have come at a worse time for the district because school starts in a little over a week on Friday, Aug. 19, Nunley said.

“This not the time of year we need this to happen,” Nunley said. “Not that there is a good time, but this is definitely not the time.”

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