If You Build It, They Will Come... And Take It
According to Board President Anthony "K-9" Ruggieri the lease was being canceled on the advice of the board solicitor Mike Levin in order to allow the district to have more control of the field's use.
I haven't seen the lease yet but I am told by league officials that it allows the district to cancel it with three months notice. I am also told the lease, if canceled, entitles the league to recoup costs and expenses for its building and maintaining the field. They claim those costs are in the range of $300,000 to $350,000.
If school district officials and politicians want more control of the field are they willing to pay that kind of dough to get it? If not, why not.
It can be safely said that the League officials and parents are furious about the board's decision.
Ruggieri and other board members say the league will continue to be allowed to use the field but without the lease that guarantees it, who knows.
I'll look into this some more. Maybe the district has a legitimate and sound reason to cancel the lease. But once again, the school board finds itself with a public relations problem.
For some reason, this board isn't very good at explaining its actions to the satisfaction of the public at public meetings. But then K-9 Tony will never be favorably compared to Barack Obama when it comes to explaining things. Or even spinning them.