Great post, as always. I agree with what you have stated. To add to the conversation, what are the chances an athletic department gets a return on its investment. How many tickets do you have to sell, and how many playoff games do you have to host to pay for the stadium. I understand the community pride that comes with it. But the last time I checked, that JUMBOTRON didn't raise test scores. I do know Melissa has high academics, so I can't argue that.
However, I do believe facilities, like indoor facilities, can benefit the district as a whole. Just curious though, why does a school like Henderson have one, and a perennial power like Gilmer not??? And that my friends is where you will find the answer to most of what is being said on here.