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Malverne Wildcats, OLL Soccer Compete for Turf Time

Local youth sports programs dispute Malverne school district's allocation of field permits.

"It looks racist," Iesha Brown, a Lakeview resident told the Malverne school board Wednesday night regarding the district's decision to give some of the field time she says was originally alloted to the Malverne Wildcats youth football program to Our Lady of Lourdes CYO Soccer.

As a proud parent of a Wildcats All-American player and someone who dedicates much time to the league, Brown questioned how the district is distributing use of its new, artificial turf field, which was installed last fall.

"I don't understand how you can submit a permit for something that was already designed for another program," she asked at the Sept. 12 school board meeting. "If the Wildcats already had the field, how are you going to say, 'Sunday, CYO is going to be there? Last time I checked, we were supposed to have the field for X amount of games, now we're being told ... we're moving because another organization seems to be more important than the Wildcats."

Brown later told Patch that the Wildcats' permit for the turf field was approved in February, and said changing the procedure now, after events have been scheduled, is "not ethical. "What would be the point of a permit if you are not honoring the process of submission and approval?" she asked, and questioned why CYO couldn't use the district's other fields.

Wildcats President and Board of Education Trustee Michael Taylor did not speak up on the issue during the meeting, and when contacted by Patch, he declined the opportunity to comment.

According to OLL CYO President Liz Westlake, the district told her they mistakenly issued a permit to the Malverne Wildcats for the turf field, and her organizaton had been trying since August to arrange a meeting with the district and Taylor to discuss field use due to all of the conflicts. She said the meeting was finally held on Sept. 11, at Coach Taylor's request, however, he did not show up. At that time, Westlake said the district gave CYO the fields for Sundays after 1 p.m. while the Wildcats were given Sunday mornings and any Saturdays that the high school sports teams do not need the field.

But on Thursday, Westlake says she was contacted by the district and told that the issue is being revisited and that CYO was no longer permitted to use the turf on Sundays. 

"We are in the process of working out a schedule for the programs, CYO and the Wildcats, to share the turf on weekends," Spiro Colaitis, assistant superintendent of operations for the Malverne School District told Patch Friday morning. "This is a classic case of too many groups chasing too few resources.  At the end of the day, everyone will not be happy, but they will all get a piece of the pie."

By Friday at noon, Westlake found out that OLL will have the field on Saturdays while the Wildcats are keeping it for Sundays.

On a related note, the district is currently updating its facilities use policy, which could further impact community sports groups. Both the Wildcats and OLL have been vetted and meet the current residency requirements, which state that an organization's membership must be comprised of a minimum of 50 percent district residents, according to Colaitis. The latest version of the drafted policy presented Wednesday maintains the 50 percent requirement, but Trustee Gina Genti said she thinks this figure "is too low."

Westlake said OLL CYO's roster is comprised of about 66 percent district residents. Taylor would not provide statistics for his Wildcats.

Sonia Avery Williams, a Lakeview parent who recently pulled her son off the Wildcats team, alleged at the meeting that "a huge percentage of kids from Queens, specifically Rosedale," were on his team.  

Darla September 17, 2012 at 12:05 PM
My 2 daughters play for OLL CYO and they are non white as are other children on their teams. Stop turning this into a race issue. Be the adults and learn to share.
Kim Kupfer September 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM
The Wildcats are using the time they were alotted. They are not there ALL day. What does the OLL permit say? What hours do you have? Why didn't this come up in the beginning of the year? Its not about the teams as someone earlier said, its about the PERMITfolks!! They need to manage the field time better and allow the proper times for all the teams. That's it! Go preach it to the right choir....not the Wildcats fault.
(Lore) Loretta Wolffe Guida September 17, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Enough is enough, Malverne's football field to be used for soccer, no we have sooo many fields in Malverne that can be used for soccer, it's a new foot ball field , not a soccer field! This isn't about the children it's about trying to bring the Malverne Wildcats down, an it's a bunch of bull! Malverne is a town of pride and they are not showing it now!
(Lore) Loretta Wolffe Guida September 17, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Their are other fields in Malverne, It's a brand new FOOT BALL FIELD! not a soccer field, Kids from Malverne went to all other towns to play little league football, now we have one in out own town! let's not lose that!
(Lore) Loretta Wolffe Guida September 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM
really, cause their are families their not just parents, and who comes out to soccer games? Parents! I have put my last 2 football seasons heart and soul into the wildcats! it's an organization that is amazing for the children, especially the children of Malverne! Just because it's not ran by the church or directly from the school, everyone wants to chase them out! enough it's about the politics, and people not being happy they don't get their way! think of the children, open your eyes!
(Lore) Loretta Wolffe Guida September 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM
Tax payer's money, that's been an issue before Malverne did the turf! Stop everyone enough i enough! Leave the wild cats olone and give them the same respect you would give any other little league in Malverne!
Todd Hundley September 17, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Does the Malverne HS football field have any other lines sewn on the turf for other sports, making it a multi purpose field, or are the lines solely drawn for football only?
Todd Hundley September 17, 2012 at 01:48 PM
And if there are no other lines, then the Marching Band shouldn't be allowed on the field, bc it's a football field, not a marching band field.
Concerned Resident September 17, 2012 at 07:16 PM
once again...nothing personal about the wildcats(trying to bring them down???) It is about sharing the fields properly. Nothing more, nothing less...Not Black vs White, not Wildcats vs CYO. These fields obviously are not only for Football. Lax and Soccer are being played there.The only lack of respect I can find is that there are grown people not even willing to show up and trying to come to a solution. And Kim. Fault is being laid at the Wildcats door for an apparent lack of effort to fix this and some of there supporters readiness to cry RACISM! You included.
Kim Kupfer September 17, 2012 at 07:23 PM
I never said anything about bringing them down. Fault is being laid at Michael Taylor's door, not the Wildcats. I am quite sure many of the parents would have shown for a meeting. Unsure why Mike was a no-show, I don't speak for him. LAX & Soccer fields are being played on a separate field though, one that was built for those sports....not the football field.
Jina Seid September 17, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Its about time we hold the Wildcats to the same standards we would other sports. We see how their supporters have immediately made this a race issue and tried to create problems with other organizations. These people do not know any better and when Mr. Taylor decides to show up for a meeting the issue can be resolved by level headed adults.
Kim Kupfer September 17, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I see how nobody can read anymore. I guess none of you are Malverne High graduates. MOVE PAST THE FIRST POST....the Wildcats got the correct permits, deal with it and make sure the PERMIT GODS get your info and allow you your time for next year. I don't understand why OLL cannot play on the specially made LAX/Soccer field near the football field on the days in question....there are rarely any teams using them!!
Concerned Resident September 17, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Kim, you never said anything about bringing them down, another poster did.Fault is being laid at the wildcats because Mr. Taylor is the man in charge. He represents them as an organization....he is the face of the wildcats. That Field was built to play Football ,Soccer and Lax...that is a fact. That was built to be a multi-sport field, that is why Turf is being used.That is also a fact, Mr. Taylor is also a Member of the school board, not showing up to meetings to resolve this problem are not acceptable..a fact. The notion that this smells of racism,an opinion of yours Kim, is degrading and lacking any basis in fact. And that I find deplorable.
Jina Seid September 17, 2012 at 08:13 PM
Taylor doesnt want to talk about the fees that are paid and how much he is making off of this Wildcat program. He has the parents all riled up with racism talk and we get people like Kim who play the racism card and then back away from it.
Kim Kupfer September 17, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Again, what is wrong with the LAX/Soccer field that was specially made?? Still makes no sense to me that none of you are seeing past the racist posting. How about the fact that the permit was given already. When did OLL submit for their permit? That is being forgotten by everyone here. Attack the correct people. Who gave the permits out? WHY on earth are they not using the special SOCCER field???? I've never said OLL shouldn't get use of the Malverne High property, but apparently the problem is they want a field that already is being used by a team that was alloted the use. But the soccer field just outside the football field is barely used....doesn't make too much sense. If they needed it to be turf then they should've made that field turf.
Kim Kupfer September 17, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I'm not backing away from anything! I'm telling some of these people to READ the other issues!!! Taylor isn't making any money on these kids. Why don't you come to the field and speak with him? You will find Mr. Taylor at the fields all week. Or at the schools looking to make sure his "wildcat kids" are doing what they are supposed to in school as well. Like I said before, I don't speak for him. But I do know you can find him all over malverne. BUT, you all need to find out who gave the permit!! WHY were they given a permit? WHY aren't the soccer kids playing on the soccer field?
Jina Seid September 17, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Kim - you made the racist comment so dont try to get past it now. If anyone else would have claimed racism against the Wildcats you would have flipped your curlers. If Taylor doesnt want to answer to the taxpayers that is his choice. For some reason $$$ he doesnt want to be involved now. But dont go claiming racism and then back away from it. We all hope the Wildcats succeed but you dont have the same sportmanship for others that we have for the Wildcats.
Kim Kupfer September 17, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Jina, funny, I don't remember saying that OLL shouldn't do well, as a matter of fact I said several times that they should use the NEW soccer field, or can't you read? I wish all the many many kids that use ALL the fields the best of luck. I NEVER said a bad word about OLL, or wished them bad luck...I also DID NOT back down from my racist claim! I'm trying to get you to READ the other statements...but YOU and other cannot understand. The more some people respond here, such as Joyce "The they typical MO from people like her. Scream racism and then hope everyone goes away rather than solve the problem. Whats next the food truck is racist?"....(THAT sounds very racist to me...or am I making THAT up too??) If anything I've given more that one way to solve the problem!
Concerned Resident September 17, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Kim, those are all valid questions that need to be answered. Answers that You or I do not have....that we deserve. But for you to concur that this was race related, not incompetence, angered me and others. Now to say that we should look past the racist posting is confusing. Did you mean it when you wrote it? or is that something we say just to grab attention?
Kim Kupfer September 17, 2012 at 08:44 PM
CR....I meant it when I said it. When it sounds and walks like a duck...Perhaps it's more incompetence on the part of the Permit Gods. Nobody has answered when I asked when did OLL get their permit....nobody has answered any of my questions really. Didn't sound like OLL's problem was with the permit people, sounded as if it was directed to the Wildcats getting off the field regardless of their permit, which sounded racist. I'd be the FIRST to apologize if they answered my questions posted. As I said in an earlier post, I am NOT one to call racism unless that's what it looks like.
Jina Seid September 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Kim If OLL's problem was with the permit people then why did you claim racism. You claimed racism because you didnt want to have a discussion on the topic. Claiming racism on the basis of OLL is not wishing them good luck at all. You people claim racism and do hope others dont bother or question you, What are you going to claim is racist next?
Kim Kupfer September 17, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Jina, You are very wrong. All the posts were attacking the wildcats, NOT the permit people. I myself am saying it's the permit people, AFTER reading some of the posts. (YOU PEOPLE, there it is again....I am ONE person, never have I been a YOU PEOPLE.) I have YET to back down from any of my postings, I have NOT run away from responding to anyone, unlike some other people here. I wish the KIDS luck, the adults however need to attack the permit people, like I have said one too many times on this thread!! Jina, if you knew me you'd know all too well I am NOT one to jump on the racist train...as a matter of fact I've only said it ONCE before and it WAS a racism problem.
Kim Kupfer September 17, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Now, I need to go home to my own children and relax. Goodnight all.
Gina Genti September 17, 2012 at 09:08 PM
The field is marked for LAX, football and girls and boys soccer. To say that the turf is a football field is only is incorrect. It is a turf sports field. Anyone thinking otherwise is wrong.
(Lore) Loretta Wolffe Guida September 18, 2012 at 03:00 AM
Now i have really had enough! I have 20 e mails blowing up my phone on this topic! #1 Everyone needs to stop attacking each other #2 we have established this is not about race #3 Mike Taylor, why is everyone after him, Not only is he the head of the organization,but he is also A coach, He also is on the school board! So not showing up for a meeting or not responding, i'm sorry he is busy with kids! Also what money is he making, none ok if anything why don't u look into how many children he helped out to pay for playing football, and how much of the money he put into the wild cats that didnt come from wild cats money!
(Lore) Loretta Wolffe Guida September 18, 2012 at 03:12 AM
#4 Never before was malverne High schools foot ball field used for other then Foot Ball and Marching band! #5 how many of the 3 fields not including the 3 other school fields are set up for football, Give Malverne another football field with a shack and a scoreboard that is not on a school property! #6 Malverne Wildcats have the permits! That is the bottom line! So now everyone needs to stop making an issue out of nothing, OLL wants the "TURFF" we all work together and get the permits for next year! The Malverne Wild cats was One of the best things that hacve happen to Malverne, U couldnt play football before untill you got to the middle school and if U couldnt make the team, you didnt play! Malverne Wildcats is for everyone, about team work, and working together to strive for success, not about weather you are good enough to make the team! So those kids who can't make the team in the Middle school, still get to play Cause they are a Malverne Wild cat!
Concerned Resident September 18, 2012 at 03:23 AM
Again everyone take a deep breath and relax!! Expecting an answer from the permit gods is not going to happen here. U must call Spiro and demand answers. U must go to board meetings and demand answers. The admin loves when people wind up fighting each other. It weakens the cause. You must have a united front to resolve issues!!
(Lore) Loretta Wolffe Guida September 18, 2012 at 01:22 PM
coaching malverne wildcats not white, one of the cheerleading coaches is white! Once again the race is not the issue it's about everyone wanting to play on the new turf! Yes their is only Sunday for the turf, and it means everyone can't play at once, but it is a football field, solving the problem would be on one of the other 3 non school fields making a football field also! Yes other fields other then the schools are poorly kept, that is something as a town we need to adress too!
Clioscribe October 03, 2012 at 10:09 PM
I agree with Concerned Res! Call Spiro and the Admin to account for the lack of transparency. Call the BOE to account for the fact that they do more to represent the bloated Admins than they do the taxpayers. The issue here is that OLL CYO was never given a chance to file for a permit before Wildcats were granted it - and Mike Taylor being ON the BOE stinks of a conflict of interest!!!
Jan Kasal December 13, 2012 at 04:09 PM
If you follow the Malverne school district news on a regular basis you are aware that the board of education has recently become an agenda of its own, not leaving much room for any other business. Its conduct has been divisive, obscure, and poisonous. The current school board is a burden and embarrassment to the school district residents. If you are ready to dedicate some time to prepare for the upcoming May 2013 school budget and school board member elections and to change the course, please join others by contacting me at vevajanka@hotmail.com

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