Petitioners want extra bond money for Alamo Stadium overturned

Taxpayers question where money is going

Published On: Feb 16 2012 05:28:35 PM CST
Petitioners want extra bond money for Alamo Stadium overturned
SAN ANTONIO -

Questions about how bond funds passed by SAISD voters in 2010 are being spent continue to be raised, especially after a petition drive outside the district’s headquarters Thursday morning.

Voters passed that $515 million bond issue for renovations to Alamo Stadium, included in that was the construction of a UIL sized soccer field.

Back in January, SAISD board members voted to add $3 million to that budget to make the soccer field FIFA standard size.

Today’s protesters turned out to ask that the decision be overturned, because they say the project does not help the students.

“There is a great lack of trust of what our San Antonio school board is doing in this decision. We feel emphasis ought to be on academics and the students,” said Sally Buchanan, a taxpaying resident of the San Antonio Independent School District.

“Alamo Stadium is for student, not for pro sports,” said Maria Berriozabal, an organizer of Thursday’s petition drive.

Buchanan says that putting in a soccer field of that size in Alamo Stadium would affect the historical significance and status of the property.