Albee Stadium Press Release

Albee Stadium Press Release
Posted on 12/03/2019

Following assessments by an independent structural engineer that Eureka High School’s Albee Stadium poses a significant health and safety hazard with potentially fatal implications, Eureka City Schools has placed an Emergency Measure on the March ballot to address urgent needs.

“This emergency measure is necessary to protect the health and safety of anyone using Eureka High School’s stadium—including students, teachers and school staff, families, and members of the public,” said Superintendent Fred Van Vleck.

Structural engineering experts retained by the District had found that dangerous sinkholes have already developed, resulting in the District’s closure and condemnation of the Welding Shop to protect students.

The expert’s report also warned additional sinkholes could develop with no warning, which would create an imminent health and safety risk to students, staff, and community members. The City of Eureka’s Public Works Department also reviewed and concurred with the report.

“Albee Stadium needs to be brought up to current health, safety, earthquake and disability access standards. Upgrading the stadium will also enable it to be used effectively as an emergency evacuation site in unpredictable or catastrophic emergencies, such as wildfires and PG&E power outages,” said High School Principal Jennifer Johnson.

“Our staff will be working closely with the City to ensure the safety of our families and students until funding is secured to address these needs,” continued Superintendent Van Vleck. “If the emergency measure is adopted, Eureka City Schools will also qualify for additional state matching funds to undertake this work. We will continue to keep our families and the Eureka community informed.”