Nobody is a powerhouse in our district. I think if he can take BH 2 or 3 rounds deep that's pretty dang good. Crosby has been past the 2nd round once since 2009 and I would say they have a pretty good program. I still think BH will be at the top of our district within the next 3 years.
Well...first off I didn't say that every school that didn't have a turf field was "bass ackwards and didn't give a damned about its athletic program". I probably most certainly implied that schools with nice facilities set a certain level of importance to their program. I think that most schools in the area are of the opinion that their field is "good enough". I know that having a turf field doesn't make you an automatic winner. But it is a draw. Facilities is just another reason for a family to want their child to attend a certain school. Which could have benefits. Obviously.
And no. I didn't select 10 years as an example because of average longevity of a turf field. I used it because it's just a nice, even, relevant number. But honestly your money breakdown makes my argument look even better. No...300K is NOT that much money for a turf field. Yeah maybe it won't literally pay for itself but knowing the cost of maintaining a grass field makes it a lot more attractive. Plus you're forgetting the fact that you can make revenue off of it via hosting playoff games and such. Maybe not enough to make up the difference but every little bit helps.
As far as Silsbee's operating cost. I have no idea. But there does have to be a way because a lot of schools find the way to get it done. Maybe Silsbee is top heavy. Most schools around here are (seemingly) spending a ton of money on administration. I don't know. But like I said...schools are finding a way to do it yearly. So it's not impossible.
Cougar14.2 is right, that's why I see us being a playoff contender most years, but to think we will be a powerhouse is insane thinking. I think for the most part, parents are good being in the playoff mix every year, but nobody thinks we're running the tables to Dallas. If we avoid PAM, we could go 2 to 3 rounds, but that's pushing it. I think at the end of the day, most parents are good with that being the limit for now. I may just be talking out of the side of my neck though. lol