Greenport: We’re not interested in shared athletic complex

01/26/2012 10:30 AM |
Greenport School District

TIM KELLY FILE PHOTO | greenport superintendent Michael Comanda said this week his district will not pursue a partnership with Southold Schools on a shared athletic complex.

The Greenport School District is not interested in building a sports complex that would serve all of Southold Town’s schools.

During the Jan. 18 Greenport school board meeting Superintendent Michael Comanda said he’s received phone calls from taxpayers opposing the project, which was pitched by Southold school board member Scott DeSimone at a joint meeting with Greenport two weeks ago. Mr. Comanda said he has no interest in pursuing such an expensive plan with Greenport’s money.

“We have no real designs or desire to look at any long-term expense,” he told hid board. “That really was not something we were looking to accomplish. Our immediate goal is to cut some costs and share some services.”

Mr. DeSimone had said he was in discussions with Southold Town to build a complex with an eight-lane track, a turf field and lighting, which the public could also access. The costs could be shared by the schools, the town and the private sector, he added.

Greenport school board members said they were concerned that if a stadium were built outside Greenport, village residents would be upset at the loss of their prized football team. The Porters squad includes students from across the North Fork and Shelter Island, but plays its home games in Greenport.

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