Support CVU turf field bond

This Tuesday, Nov. 5, residents of the Chittenden South Supervisory Union (CSSU) are being asked to support much-needed improvements to CVU’s outdoor athletic fields.

Years ago, before the CSSU was created, which includes Shelburne, Charlotte, Williston, and Hinesburg, my husband Peter and I attended and graduated from the Shelburne school system.

In the early eighties, our three children graduated from CVU and were very active in school athletics. We now have four grandchildren, and two have graduated from CVU and one is currently a sophomore. They also have been and are currently involved in sports, including football, soccer, and lacrosse. Many will attest to the fact that my husband and I are loyal and supportive fans, attending home and away games.

Over the years, as we attend away games, we have noticed that CVU does not have comparable or adequate outdoor facilities such as turf fields, lighting for night games, and bleachers. We have been bringing our lawn chairs and often sit on soggy, wet fields.

In the past, I have been a vocal and concerned taxpayer, analyzing and questioning both school and town budgets at the expense of irritating some of my neighbors. But I do feel that I have been objective and reasonable in my advocacy. But my concern now is that CVU is not only the largest high school in the state and one of the finest, but with very inferior and often unplayable fields. It is time we invest in adequate and respectable outdoor athletic facilities for our athletes and coaches who give so much time and effort and school spirit. Our athletes and fans have waited long enough for quality outdoor facilities, and I fully support all efforts to accomplish this.

Sally Martel, Shelburne

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