El Toro Stadium Plan Is 'Win-Win' For Community

The school district should not be swayed by the 'loud voice of a small minority' that opposes the Lake Forest stadium project, writes Jeff Frum.

Jeff Frum sent Lake Forest Patch the following letter to the editor:

My name is Jeff Frum and my family resides at 19292 Leal Trail, Trabuco Canyon. I have 6 children – 5 sons and 1 daughter at El Toro, Serrano and Portola Hills. I am in year 7 of the 17 years my kids will participate in El Toro Football. My oldest son began playing football in 2006 and graduated in 2010 and my youngest adopted son will graduate El Toro in 2023. I am a former President of the ET Football Boosters and will likely be in leadership again when my 8th grader begins playing for the Chargers next year.

As you’re aware enrollment figures of the 4 district high schools show the two largest schools share a stadium and the two smallest schools enjoy unhindered access for their students. This presents obvious scheduling challenges for the 6,000 students at El Toro and Trabuco. Over the past 20 years, the total number of athletes at both schools that need field time grew by a whopping 134%!...to approximately 2,010 in 2011 from 860 in 1991. We have clearly outgrown the shared use contract for this district stadium.

The school board was correct in its assessment to address this growing problem. I commend you for initiating the improvement project for the stadium at El Toro. I also want to compliment you for taking the necessary time to thoroughly address all significant environmental impacts presented in the initial report. The School Board has listened well to both sides of this argument and I feel has generously offered mitigation measures that went beyond my expectations and reduce all significant environmental impacts to “less than significant” except for noise which  will only be an issue a few nights per year.

My encouragement to all of El Toro’s neighbors is to embrace these student athletes as they are the future of our community and will be great ambassadors for Lake Forest and beyond. Instead of complaining about the noise during 5-6 football games a year I suggest they come on out and make some noise with us and they will experience increased pride for this great community. I believe that anyone who is truly honest with themselves would agree that this is a win-win for everyone in this community.

Recently in Allen, Texas voters approved a multi-million dollar bond to build a state of the art football stadium at Allen High School, a public school in their community because over 64% of the voters felt a competitive stadium would increase their property values. I’m convinced the majority of residents in our community feel the same way about this improvement project at El Toro that not only will it improve our great high school but it will attract families who want to move into our community raising not only our property values but the pride for our great community. I strongly encourage you to not be swayed by the loud voice of a small minority.

I encourage the school board to vote to approve this project and you should be confident that the vast majority of residents and voters in this community will be appreciative of what you’ve done for our kids.  This stadium is about our future and investing in our children which will undoubtedly deliver a return far greater than its monetary investment.

LaxMom October 03, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Ron-your comments are offensive and don't make sense. My kids deserve equal opportunity and are just as deserving to play under lights as the kids that go to THHS, MVHS or LHHS. Kids that are involved in sports, band, etc. are much less likely to use drugs. Duh!
MFriedrich October 03, 2012 at 09:21 PM
LaxMom, You said: "My kids deserve equal opportunity and are just as deserving to play under lights as the kids that go to THHS, MVHS or LHHS." It doesn't have anything to do with "deserves". We don't improve facilities to "keep up with the Jones's", unless you are Jerry Jones. In theory, you're right. All kids "deserve an equal shot", but in real life limited resources serves as a check. We should spend the money on new facilities not because "my kid deserves" or "my kid is as good as x kids", but because a.) we can afford it, and b.) it's the right thing to do for the benefit of all students, not just athletes, cheerleaders and band members.
Sanna Skeffington October 03, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Ron Melnyk, I think we can all agree that money spent on quality teachers and lower the pupil to teacher ratio would be a wonderful thing, however, the funds for the field improvement can not be spend on instructional material or teacher salaries, so that is unrelated to this.
LaxMom October 04, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Mfriedrich- Ill argue that the ET student body deserves it and the money is there for the project. This is not about keeping up with The Jones's, this about giving the ET students the same opertunities and high school experience as other students in the district. This project will not build the nicest, biggest, well lit stadium in the district, but some improvements to the existing field will allow for great experiences for the student body and their families.
Ron Melnyk October 09, 2012 at 12:39 AM
To LaxMom, please show me which one of my comments don't make any sense, also any and all comments that are offensive to you. I'm very interested to "hear" what you have to say.My commemts were never intended to offend anyone. Just expressing another point of view. People have suggested that families that don't want a stadium should move. Well, let me make the same suggestion to the stadium lovers suggestion, being that they should move to school districts where there are high schools with football stadiums. Duh back at you !!!!


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