Secret decision wrong
To the editor: Just over a year ago, a chain of events was set into motion by the decision of the Lakota School district to leave the Suburban Lakes League (SLL); a decision that leaves the SLL with a seven team league at the conclusion of this school year. Over the course of this year the remaining members of the SLL have worked diligently exploring options to adjust our league to this new reality.
Among options considered were adding a team, bringing the league back to eight members; and looking at the possibility of a twelve team league made up of two divisions. A great deal of work and effort has gone into seeking the best option and the best team(s) so that the league would remain viable, competitive, and equally fair for all participants.
As one might expect, there has been a great deal of opinion, and differences thereof, as to what course the league might take; and indeed sometimes that has meant almost daily meetings with sudden unexpected changes of direction. In all discussions, however, the Elmwood Schools has first and foremost sought the preservation of the SLL, to live within the strictures as laid out in its constitution, and to ensure that decisions made are in the best interest of all schools.
That is why it is terribly disconcerting to have received news that today five schools (not including ourselves and Gibsonburg) intend to sign a letter expressing their intent to withdraw from the league and form a new league. While this may have been an eventual outcome, what is so disturbing is that this was all done in secret without the remaining schools’ knowledge, and then blindsiding us with the information. This is a clear attempt to circumvent the league constitution, utilize strong-arm tactics to maneuver discussions to one side, and end any productive talks.
While the driving force behind this is unclear, I feel it is important to note that the Elmwood Schools continue to hold clear to their initial beliefs regarding this situation. First, we are committed to remaining in and continuing the SLL. Second, we want to share that league with schools and teams who believe in the virtue of viable and fair competition for all members. And, third, we will continue to be above board with all of our discussions with our member schools in the interest of fairness.
The Suburban Lakes League is, and will continue to be, a league with a long-storied history of great athletic competition. We continue to be proud of our place in that league.
Steven Pritts, Superintendent
Elmwood Local Schools
To the editor: Having read the May 25th edition of The Press, I feel that Brian Schwartz should re-name his column “You’re entitled to my uninformed opinion.”
While he brings up many cogent points about Woodville Road and its businesses, he should sit down at his computer and study the many articles about Northwood officials’ attempts to revitalize the area.
Let’s use Great Eastern as an example. Nearly two years ago, city officials met with Great Eastern’s owners. Plans were put forward about major changes that were to occur, including a national company to be the anchor. Planning commission meetings, council meetings, public hearings, talks with merchants, developers, and residents were held for input on how best to proceed.
A Central Business District was created with new plans for greenscape, lighting, and parking. Diagrams and maps were published. And all of this information was printed in The Press!
The majority of the aforementioned meetings were covered and reported by Press News Editor, Kelly J. Kaczala, who did an excellent job in getting information to the public.
As I write this, the recession has halted our plans. I am hopeful that the economy will recover and that Woodville Road will shine again.
I hope that after reading this letter and doing his homework, Mr. Schwartz will write a new column based on informed opinion.
Northwood Planning Commission Member