On April 27, 2010, the Blair High School student newspaper Silver Chips broke the story that costs associated with the new artificial turf field at the school are being charged to the students (read parents/guardians).
But the Richard Montgomery High School Booster Club actually said no, see the RM Booster minutes at the bottom of this post. The RM Booster Club will not be footing the bill for maintenance of the artificial turf field. Watch the video of Mr. Lavorgna's presentation to the Board of Education and hear him say:
- "The Booster Club at RM is paying the maintenance contract on the field at RM."
- "We met with athletic director and principal and said Let's Be Clear..."
- "We believe it is a reasonable expectation on the part of the school system to have the Booster Club participate in the use and payment of maintenance of the field."
- "Is there a contract for them to sign in blood? No."
• Turf Maintenance: As a follow-up from the June 2 Booster meeting, the turf maintenance issue was revisited. Former RM Booster President Mike Froelich gave the members background information on how the approval for the turf field came about. He reported that former Principal Moreno Carasco had approached the school board directly, and the RM Booster Club was never contacted regarding an expectation that we would be responsible for paying for any maintenance contract on the field. Currently, the RM athletic department provides regular maintenance on the field which does not void our warranty.
A motion was made by Ryan Fleming to deny the request from MCPS for the RM Athletic Booster Club to fund a maintenance contract on the turf field. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously by the members present. The Booster Club will not pursue the issue with the county and will only respond if approached directly.