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CSB Mulls Rate Hikes For Play Fields

Robert Fitzgerald, president of CDA Junior Tackle, shares his concerns on the proposed rate increase for fees to use Coeur d’Alene School District facilities during a special board of trustees meeting Monday at Woodland Middle School. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

Members of the youth athletics community called foul Monday on the idea of paying a heftier price to use sports fields owned by the Coeur d'Alene School District. School board members didn't seem excited about the idea either, during a board workshop that attracted about 60 people to Woodland Middle School. “For me, this whole issue comes down to one question. Are our schools corporate franchises, or are they community centers, paid for, built and to be used by all of us, especially our kids? That's my answer, and I'm basically done with all of this,” said Trustee Dave Eubanks, following nearly two hours of testimony from representatives of the various, nonprofit youth sports leagues and clubs that regularly use school district facilities/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: What would you do in this situation if you sat on the School Board?

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