CISD to lease land to city for soccer
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
Cooperative agreements intended to benefit the City of Crockett's youth and the local economy were addressed by the Crockett ISD Board of Trustees during its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 30. First, the board unanimously voted to lease a five- -acre tract on South Fifth St. to the City of Crockett, subject to review by the district's attorney. The property lies behind the former Crockett Boys and Girls Club, which the East Texas Youth Association (ETYA) recently renamed and remodeled for its use. (The city entered into an agreement with the ETYA for the building after the Boys and Girls Club closed.) The five-acre plot already is used by local soccer teams. CISD Vice President Trey Young noted the district had a 99-year lease with the Little League and said he thinks the district should be able to do the same type of agreement for the soccer league. Secondly, the board heard a presentation from Cole Robinson, who spoke on behalf of the ETYA. Robinson also is president of the Houston County Texans, a Pop Warner football league. Robinson said the ETYA is interested in leasing 15 acres of land from the school district. He explained the league would like to develop a youth sports park on the property, saying it would benefit both football and soccer leagues. In his presentation, Robinson discussed the growth of the football league since it started in 2008. He estimated that 25% of Crockett's elementary boys participate in the Houston County Texans organization. He also noted the economic impact of youth football events, including cheer team events. Accordiing to Robinson, in 2012 the football league played 24 games in Crockett, with 2,640 persons attending. Last weekend, he said, they played eight games and 880 persons came. The youth teams compete with teams from Brazos Valley, Madisonville, Huntsville and other locations. CISD Superintendent Dr. Douglas Moore said he saw a crowd there Saturday, Sept. 28, and noted visitors had filled at least one local restaurant that day. Moore also complimented the football organization for the clean condition it left the fields. "When they left, it was spotless. It was raining and they went back and picked up every piece of anything," Moore said. Board members indicated they favor the idea of leasing the property, and Young asked that the issue be put on the agenda as an action item for the next school board meeting.