District apologizes, defends changing game time, location over fire ant beds


Lee County School District apologized to supporters of the Lee Central High School football team who were set to watch the Stallions' home game against Buford on Saturday when game officials postponed it due to several fire ant beds on the field, according to a press release sent out on Wednesday.

"We apologize to our fans who were assembled and prepared to watch the game on Saturday," the release said.

The game was eventually played on Monday at the Buford High field in Lancaster. Buford won the game 28-27.

The release said that at approximately 11:45 a.m. game officials notified Lee County School District athletic director James Price that the 12:30 p.m. game not be played on the Stallion Stadium field because he deemed it unsafe due to the fire ant beds.

The district administration was notified of the decision and given a report that there were only three active beds on the field.

The school district defended itself in the release, saying, "We treat our fields weekly and conduct a pre-game walk-through the day prior to each game. Additionally, our junior varsity team played a game on the same field on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, and held practice on the field on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017."

The release said the school district considered moving the game to another local site, but was told by South Carolina High School League it couldn't move a game to an alternate site on such notice not knowing whether the site met the expectations of the SCHSL. Making such a move could haved placed the district "could have been placed in a precarious situation."

The game was subsequently moved to the Buford field based upon a decision made by Region IV-2A schools, of which both Lee Central and Buford are members.