Booster club members of the Franklin County High School football team told Franklin County Board of Education members they're in desperate need of new equipment.
Nancy Walker, booster club president, presented board members at Monday night's meeting with a handout outlining equipment needs she said the boosters have little hope of funding on their own.
"We wouldn't be here tonight if we weren't desperate," Walker told the board. "We're at the point if we don't update the equipment, we can't safely put our team on the field."
The football program has an unmet need of $8,419, according to the booster club's handout. Most of the money is needed for new items such as helmets, shoulder pads, game pants, jerseys and other basic equipment, Walker said.
Booster club members who attended the meeting said they are "tapped out" with about 20 parent members fundraising continuously throughout the year.
"We have no where else to turn but to the district to meet this unmet need," the handout said. "The parents through the Booster Club are raising all the money they can at this time."
Superintendent Monte Chance said he would look at the issue but said it was a matter that should first be referred back to the school and its Site-Based Decision Making Council for further discussion because it is the school's responsibility to fund such costs through its activity fund.
Booster club members said they were pleased with the board's response.