The school district’s physical assets – our facilities and fields – are owned by the residents of the Malverne Public Schools. These assets exist because of the financial support of our community, and they serve the interests of our residents.

The Board has established policies for non-school district entities to use the fields and facilities. Generally speaking, these entities must demonstrate that at least 50% of their participating members reside in our school district. We are not in the business of the allowing access to our assets by a majority of non-district residents or individual organizations that have no affiliation with our community or do not serve the residents of our community.

The Malverne Wildcats Youth Football Organization, which is not affiliated with the school district, has been granted permissions to use our fields since 2010. This organization has been using the MHS field #1, which has an artificial surface, all day on Sundays between September 1 and December 31.

The Our Lady of Lourdes CYO soccer program is also not affiliated with the district. They, too, have requested and use fields in our district, though not the MHS field #1, which is the most desirable because of its artificial surface and stadium seating capacity.

Since 2011, the CYO program has asked that it be given some time on the artificial surface field that is currently used all day on Sundays by the Wildcats. We recognize that this request has upset the Wildcats organization, yet we also recognize that the CYO program has a legitimate claim to also use what is inarguably the most coveted field environment in the district.  Further, the CYO group is comprised primarily of residents of the Malverne School District and is a much larger program than the Wildcats program.

The Board believes that no organization has the right to ‘claim’ any specific field. That is a decision made by our administrative team, and no outside organization can stand on any legal or ethical position to demand a specific field for use.

Therefore, in the interest of fairness, our administration has worked hard to find a resolution.   After comparing the Wildcats and CYO schedules, there are only 2 dates that conflict and we are working on a compromise which will include an alternative field with appropriate bleacher space and other accommodations for the Wildacts that their league requires.

We appreciate that both the Wildcats and CYO programs bring value to our District’s children and are hopeful that the mutual willingness to compromise and resolve this matter, is in the best interest of our School District.  We thank our administrative team for its extraordinary efforts and thoughtful approach to resolving this important matter.