The York City School Board elected to punt on a local sports group's concerns until next Wednesday.
The board, facing a full house at Monday's committee meeting that had four board members missing, told a youth football group they would not be allowed to air their concern that night.
The York Bears Youth Football group wants to either get a $600 fee waived for using Small Athletic Field for its games this fall, or work out a partnership with the district so the district could make a profit from selling concessions at the games in exchange for field access, said organizer Dommonick Chatman.
Chatman spoke outside the administration room after he and dozens of parents and about 30 children were told by board president Margie Orr and solicitor Greg Gettle to come back next week.
Chatman said he had been told by a board member to show up, and that the district has been ignoring his group's requests for months.
The group, which lets kids ages 5-13 play football and receive free tutoring, thinks it can serve as a feeder system for the high school program while also keeping students off the street, Chatman said.
Gettle told the York Bears they need to follow district protocol and wait for their application to be considered before being able to comment; Chatman said "we're way beyond that" and that they've already submitted an application.
Without a youth football system, children might fall into the cracks, Chatman said. The district isn't serving them, he said, and his group can fill that void.
"You have to get these kids early," Chatman said.
The York Bears is a nonprofit Amateur Athletic Union affiliate team that formed in 2010.
Chatman vowed to return at next Wednesday's 6:30 p.m. meeting with an even larger contingency.
Orr, hearing some angry parents shout at the board on their way out, emphasized they weren't turning down the application, just the opportunity to comment, since that's not normally allowed at committee meetings.
Board members Gregg Nelson, Beverly Atwater, James Morgan and Marshall Leonard were absent; the board has not had full attendance at a majority of its committee meetings this year.
The meeting, despite the full crowd, started 45 minutes late because of an executive session. Most board meetings this year have had an executive session, which aren't announced to the public in advance, delay the start of the meeting by at least 30 minutes.
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