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LETTERS: Resident says school board prefers litigation to transparency on $2-to-3 million expansion plans for Fenner Fields

To the editor:

On Feb. 15, the state Supreme Court in Madison County denied our petition to require the Cazenovia Central School District to comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act, which stipulates it tell the community its long-term plans and review the environmental impacts thereof.

The district is spending many thousands of dollars defending its right “not to tell us their long-term plans for Fenner Fields.” Cazenovia Restoration Corporation’s offer to stop the litigation if they would be transparent was ignored. (See letter below.)

Why does the school district continue to “stonewall” the Cazenovia community and taxpayers? In an era of wide-spread and prolonged austerity at the state and local levels, continued generalized declines in school enrollments, forced reductions in teachers, staff and possible closings of parts of the school — one should spend $2 to 3 million on an offsite athletic facility?

Anyone in the Cazenovia community finding this stonewalling and waste of money unacceptable should speak up. The next board of education meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, April 2. The “lights” and upcoming budget will be discussed.

The following is a letter that was recently sent to the Cazenovia Central School District administrators and board of education members.

Dear Superintendent Dubik and members of the board of education:

As you must know by now, the court denied the petition and complaint of Cazenovia Restoration Corporation and three other Fenner Road residents against you, the Cazenovia Central School District.

What you may not know is that we firmly believe the judge’s opinion and reasoning are flawed and plan to appeal.

Before we do so, I thought we should reach out to you one more time. Lawsuits are expensive — for the plaintiff and for the defendant. From articles we have read in the local paper, the school district is feeling the twin pressures of stagnate property tax revenues and declining student enrollment.

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