Save San Marin from Stadium Lights & Noise 6 Nights A Week – Let's Find A Better Way!
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Did you know a proposal is underway to install $1 million stadium lights & sound on the football field at San Marin High School on 80+ ft poles that can be used 6 nights a week? The proposal says there would be up to 26 lights 30' - 80' tall.
And they are NOT just for games…the proposal already shows as many events scheduled on the field than there are days in the year! Instead of ending at dark, daily practices could continue 3 hours into the night.
This will totally alter the character of Northwest Novato. If San Marin H.S. gets lights, Novato H.S. will demand them too. Neither neighborhood was designed for this kind of evening activity.
We urge the 7 Novato Unified School District board members to work with the City of Novato to develop an alternative location where ALL Novato athletes can play, not just those from one school – a location where lights and sound won't keep neighborhood children from sleeping at night! A great alternative to consider developing is IVC.
Let's not rush into a decision that all of Novato will regret. Let's work together for an end result we can all live with!
Important to note: If you're really "for the kids" as the stadium lights advocates say they are, they would know it's better for children to spend time at home in the evenings with their families – not out practicing under stadium lights. Stacks of studies show that children do better in school and in life when they eat dinner with their families and have time to rest and do homework. Let's really show we care about the well-being of our students, and help them get home in the evenings. Another daytime practice field will help – and a new field is already scheduled to be built later this year at SMHS for that reason. Let's work together to find a community-based solution for our athletes that doesn't harm Novato's families.
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