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Birds keen on leaving mark on new stadium

While watching exciting high school sporting events, spectators could have something messy to worry about at Wildcat Memorial Stadium.

School officials are concerned about birds nesting in the rafters above the stands and they want to find a solution before it becomes a problem.

Birds have been frequenting the rafters this fall and staff has had to pressure wash the grandstands in order to clear away the droppings.

“I think it’s important to protect the structure,” new school board member David Sherman said during Monday’s meeting.

To resolve the bird problem, officials plan to install a net on the rafters that would prevent birds from nesting at the stadium and making the droppings problem worse.

“They haven’t started nesting there, but we expect they will,” Superintendent Rick Schulte said.

Money, as always, is an issue. The school district doesn’t have any contingency money left in the stadium account to pay for the estimated $36,000 cost for the nets.

Schulte said the school district will probably use Department of Defense Supplemental Impact Aid.

He hopes to have the nets in place before the spring nesting season begins.

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