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Board Appoints Special Advisory Committee





Wilde Field Lights Advisory Committee Report of Findings Presented to the Board of Education on August 20, 2012


Executive Summary


Benedictine University / Wilde Field

Financial - Lights

Financial - Village Permits

Financial - Operational

Financial - Funding

Booster Club

Historical 2001 - 2002

Click here to view the "Advisory Committee Answers to Board of Education Questions - October 1, 2012".



Residents of the community have approached the Board of Education to request that the Board consider installation of field lights at Wilde Field for soccer matches and Friday night football games.  At a meeting on March 12, 2012, the Board appointed a special advisory committee to assist in the collection and analysis of data related to this matter.


Per Board Policy 2:150, a special committee may be created for specific purposes or to investigate special issues.  A special committee is automatically dissolved after presenting its final report to the Board or at the Board’s discretion.


The interested residents approached the Board late last summer with the request, and they have indicated they will look into outside sources and grants to fund the costs of the lights, including installation, costs related to permits, and costs for rebuilding the press box.


At a Board meeting on October 17, 2011, the Lisle Sr. High School Athletic Director presented an evaluation of the arrangement that currently exists for use of the Benedictine University field for varsity football games.  He also provided a comparison of general benefits and drawbacks between using the Benedictine field and using Wilde Field.


The Board had several subsequent meetings that included discussions on potential benefits and possible impediments to installing lights at Wilde Field.  At the meeting on February 6, 2012, the Board voted in favor of moving forward with an advisory committee.  The mission of the Advisory Committee is to gather information regarding the financial, political and social impact of installing lights at Wilde Field and to provide a comprehensive report to the Board with the Committee’s findings. The information contained in the report will assist the Board in making an informed decision on whether or not to move ahead with a lights project. 


The Board also approved the hiring of an outside facilitator to help direct and assist the Wilde Field Lights Advisory Committee in gathering information and preparing a comprehensive report to the Board of Education.  George Attaway, former Assistant Superintendent for Business for District 202, was asked if he would act as the facilitator.  Mr. Attaway graciously accepted and offered to donate his time to facilitate the Committee.  Mr.  Attaway has valuable experience with two previous proposals for lights at Wilde Field and we are extremely appreciative of his time and knowledge. 


On February 27, 2012, Mr. Attaway met with the Board and offered suggestions on board and facilitator responsibilities, as well as committee and committee chairperson qualifications and responsibilities.  The Board was in agreement with the qualifications and responsibilities for a seven-member committee.


As names were considered at a meeting on 3/12/2012, the Board, under the advisement of Mr. Attaway, attempted to include committee representation of a cross-section of the community; the booster organizations; residents of the Wilde Field neighborhood; a balance of individuals with various viewpoints and individuals who met the qualities of a committee member previously agreed on by the Board. 


At the 3/19/12 meeting, the Board appointed Kathy Chatman, Sheryl Fonner, Bill Murray, Meg Sima, Amy Sohl, Joe Vitiello and Nicole Webb to the Wilde Field Lights Advisory Committee.  Meg Sima is the Chair for the Committee.


The Board of Education recognizes and appreciates the time commitment and challenging work of the Committee. Committee meetings will be open to the public and will be posted in the same manner as meetings of the Board.  It is anticipated that the report will be submitted to the Board in late summer.

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Lisle CUSD 202 5211 Center Ave Lisle, IL  60532


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