Because fundraising efforts have fallen $4 million short, Home Field Advantage plans to ask the school board to help pay for the proposed stadium for Reynolds High School. But not before it tries to pack the school board with RJR Boosters. Meet the candidates who hope to give Reynolds an advantage in accessing taxpayer dollars:
- Leah Crowley (R, district 2): An outspoken member of Home Field Advantage and wife of RJR football coach Pat Crowley. She supports using public funds to build a new stadium for Reynolds, calling it an “equity and access” issue.
- Tim Brooker (R, at-large): Former RJR Booster Club co-president and PTA Treasurer. He is in favor of providing public money to help build the stadium at RJR. When asked about getting commissioners to commit more money to fund teacher pay supplements, he said “I would ask. I wouldn’t worry about the sustainability.” That might be justified for teacher pay, but it’s certainly no way to approach a non-essential construction project. Building a $5 million stadium is one thing, maintaining it is another.
- Deanna Kaplan (D, at-large): In reference to approval of architectural documents, she said, “The Reynolds stadium was voted on unanimously by the board a couple of weeks ago. I don’t think that is an issue.” She has not publicly commented on whether she would support public funding for the stadium, but her campaign website displays photos of her at a Reynolds lacrosse game.
Members of the school board should balance the needs of ALL schools, not give advantages to their own.