The following letter was originally sent on October 22 to Mamaroneck School Board President Linnet Tse and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Fried:
Over the past several years, our communities have worked cooperatively to address the shortage of field space and recreational facilities for the over 6,000 children who participate in youth sports. Through an unprecedented public/private partnership with the Town of Mamaroneck , the Village of Larchmont, the local sports leagues, the School District and the Fields for Kids organization we invested almost $5 million in improvements to Flint Park, including a multi-purpose synthetic turf field, two natural grass fields, an environmental trail, walking paths and other amenities. The enhancements have made a measurable difference for all the user groups, but without substantial contributions from private donors they would never have been possible.
As you continue to review options for improvements to the Mamaroneck High School athletic facilities we encourage you to take advantage of the broad financial support you have from private donors in the community. In this economic environment, it is impossible for school taxpayers to subsidize projects, like field improvements, without partnering with private contributors. We understand you have pledges from a variety of outside funding sources which would help offset the costs of your proposed projects. Furthermore, we were heartened to learn the plans for the field space on the Boston Post Road have the support of the Cantor family and the many member of the community who opposed any changes to the Kemper Memorial site.
As we address the needs and interest of the community, it is particularly gratifying to see so many groups working cooperatively to balance the various interests of our residents. We support the work you hope to do on the athletic fields at the High School and offer any help we can provide to make your plans a reality
Valerie M. O’Keeffe, Supervisor, Town of Mamaroneck
Elizabeth N. Feld, Mayor, Village of Larchmont