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Kennewick High School Band Practice Field in Need of Lights, Parents Upset

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It is about 5:30 p.m. On Thursday and marching band practice at Kennewick High School is well underway. But they are fighting the clock because once the sun goes down, practice on the field is over. It is about 5:30 p.m. On Thursday and marching band practice at Kennewick High School is well underway. But they are fighting the clock because once the sun goes down, practice on the field is over.

KENNEWICK, WA - It is about 5:30 p.m. On Thursday and marching band practice at Kennewick High School is well underway. 

But they are fighting the clock because once the sun goes down, practice on the field is over.

Patrick Meehan has kids in the band and he is part of Kennewick High School's instrumental booster club.  He says over the last several years, the lights on the practice field have gone one by one, now there is just one left. 

"With the field being the way it is and set up, I'm afraid that one of these children is going to trip, miss a step or going to hit themselves with one the flags because of inadequate light on our field," Meehan said, adding "we've put in reports to the school board, the school district about this, we've asked them to fix it, we've had several parents call and complain about it and unfortunately we're not on a priority list so it's just not getting fixed."

The district's Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education Ron Williamson, says it is on the priority list just not at the top.

With a busy summer working on building new schools, installing new heating and air systems, painting schools and setting up portables, they just haven't been able to fix the lights yet. 

Thursday around 6:55 p.m., it is too dark to see, so the band is wraps up and goes inside.

"I'd really like to see them get our lights fixed, our children, they're marching time is cut in half from the three hours practice down to an hour and a half of day light," Meehan explained. 

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