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Las Vegas Area High School Field Unsafe for Play

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Conditions at a high school field in Las Vegas have deteriorated to the point that parents say it's no longer safe. 

James Porter, a parent of kids who attend Silverado High School in Las Vegas Valley also works as an athletic trainer at the school. He told the local ABC affiliate that the field hasn’t been safe since August.

"I literally kept a shovel in the athletic training room at Silverado High School so I could go out and fill in the holes before games," Porter said. 

To prove it, Porter took pictures of the damaged field.

"There are eight sprinkler heads right now on the field that will not meet federation high school standards for safety, that doesn't include the unevenness of the surface or watering of the field," he said.

The school administration has been unresponsive to complaints.

"I'm concerned that one of the Silverado kids or one of the opponents is going to step in a hole and hurt an ankle," Porter said.

The district admits there's a considerable price tag for deferred maintenance of Clark County School District schools, adding up to a whopping $4.6 billion dollars.

Porter recognizes that but said that the resources are available to fix the field.

"Right now they have time to fix it if they would do it,” he said, “but I've seen no effort whatsoever.”

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