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M-A hoping to make football lights a permanent fixture

Original post made by Peter Carpenter on Nov 10, 2009

This is an issue that needs input from both Atherton and Menlo Park Councils and citizens:

M-A hoping to make football lights a permanent fixture
Success of first night game provides a push to brighten the Bears' football future

==B By Tim Goode==

Palo Alto Online Sports

The temporary lights brought in by Menlo-Atherton High for last week's M-A vs. Sacred Heart Prep football game proved so popular that there is an aggressive push taking place to make the lights a permanent fixture.

The issue of permanent lights will be on the agenda at the Nov. 18 meeting of the board of the Sequoia Union High School District. Permission to put up the lights could come as early as January.

An estimated 1,500 people attended the Oct. 30 game between M-A and Sacred Heart Prep.

"We drew three times what we did for Homecoming the week before," said M-A co-Athletic Director Mary Podesta. "(the game) was very successful. The students were in a good mood. It was a beautiful night. It was a good community event. Many of the Sacred Heart parents came up to comment how nice it was."

M-A boosters now are busy trying to gain community support for the lights. Emails have been sent to the community asking for letters to Sequoia Union High District board members and volunteers will be circulating petitions in Menlo Park in anticipation of the meeting.

"There's a lot of interest and we want to keep the momentum going," said Susan Mohr, a member of the M-A Football Association and head of the committee in charge of lights.

M-A is on state property so school officials are not bound to earn neighbor or city approval for the lights.

"We would like to be good neighbors so there will be meetings to get input from the neighbors and come up with a plan that would self-regulate use," Mohr said.

The source of funding for the lights may come from the Measure J Bond passed last year. The Nov. 18 meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at the Sequoia District office at 480 James Ave., Redwood City.

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Comments (6)

Posted by M-A parent, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Nov 11, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I'm all for lights. Night football games are part of high school. Please don't let neighbors who moved in next door to the school squelch high school activities.


Posted by Ed, a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Nov 11, 2009 at 12:50 pm

But it is not the neighbors who are asking to change the satus quo--it is the school district


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Woodside High School
on Nov 11, 2009 at 2:33 pm

are this the same measure J funds which are insufficient to support classrooms, according to Board president Gibson and would cut operating budgets? Web Link


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Woodside High School
on Nov 12, 2009 at 7:39 am

A misconception many people have about how school funds can be spent - Bond funds can only be use for capital expenditures – building, etc and cannot be use for teachers, staff or general fund items.


Posted by anonymous, a resident of Woodside High School
on Nov 12, 2009 at 1:17 pm

no misconception here - the link is to Gibson's comment about why he proposed using operating funds for the charter classroom acquisition by the district. Not a case of teachers, staff or general funds.


Posted by football lover, a resident of Atherton: other
on Nov 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm

Keeps kids off the streets, and is a wonderful way for a community to bond. Yeah lights. GO LIGHTS!!!!


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