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The lights probably will come down at J. K. Rowe Stadium, but it remains uncertain whether they will be replaced.

School Superintendent William L. Sdao said the district is awaiting an engineering study that likely will show that the six wooden light poles at the field behind LaSalle High School must be removed immediately because they pose a hazard.

He said winter's high winds and freezing weather gave added impetus to removing the wooden light standards, which were built in the 1960s.

Members of the LaSalle High School Football Boosters want the district to put up new lighting standards, and they are critical of district estimates that the new lights will cost from $135,000 to $140,000.

Sdao said the replacements would be six 75-foot-high metal poles with halogen lights.

"And (the $135,000 to $140,000 price tag) is only if we are able to use the existing underground (wiring) system," Sdao said. "And that's a big if."

But the boosters say the job will cost $23,000, excluding electrical work.

Edward Connolly, a member of the boosters, says that price tag is from a contractor the organization declined to name. The company would install eight 60-foot-high wooden poles with 40 halogen lights.

The boosters recently presented district officials petitions, asking them to keep night sports alive at the field. Connolly said members of the boosters will be at Thursday's School Board meeting when trustees may consider removing the light poles.

Connolly said the boosters are seeking contributions for lighting.

Connolly charged that the district's $140,000 estimate is too high.

"We want to know who their contractor is," he said. "Who's giving them these prices?"

Sdao said the lights could be gone by Christmas.

The district has received estimates of $8,500 and $10,000 to remove the poles, and it is seeking a third estimate.

Sdao also doubts that programs other than football need lighting.

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