Board of Trustees Statement February 2019
Dear Edgewood Family,

Thank you for your support over the past two years as we worked diligently to enhance the Goodman Athletic field. Clearly, we are all motivated to find solutions that give our student athletes and the entire Edgewood community a true home field experience, while maintaining a strong relationship with our neighbors and the surrounding community. Your support has been invaluable for our students, our staff and for us as a Board of Trustees.

The comprehensive process required to continue a nearly century-long history of playing games at Edgewood has been extremely complex. We are grateful to the dedicated staff, consultants, city officials and neighbors who have worked collaboratively to navigate this deliberate, thoughtful and inclusive process. As Dominican heritage reminds us – the best approach is to study, reflect and then act. That philosophy has guided our approach.

Throughout this process, for example, we have engaged in multiple conversations with our neighbors and city officials to ensure we followed the Master Plan guidelines and were respectful of those around us. We conducted thorough research, adjusted proposals based on our discoveries and sought compromises to ensure the best possible outcome. And, we met or exceeded every requirement outlined by local ordinances and the Master Plan. Ultimately, we gained a better understanding of the ordinances that govern what we can do on our property and identified a more streamlined approach than the one we had previously been pursuing.

At this time, the Board of Trustees has made the strategic decision to table our Master Plan amendment for Plan Commission consideration. We took this action in order to continue our conversations with our neighbors – at their request – and to better focus on the Goodman Athletic Complex improvements allowed through existing city ordinances versus those that require an amendment to our Master Plan.

Based on the fact that installation of outdoor lighting is regulated by city ordinances and not regulated under the current Master Plan, the Edgewood Board of Trustees recently approved moving forward with a formal application to the city for the LED lighting technology. This technology exceeds city lighting requirements and does not require an amendment to our Master Plan. We also approved installing upgrades to the amplified sound system, which is also allowed under city ordinances. These improvements continue our commitment to meet or exceed city requirements and will enrich our long-standing tradition of hosting a variety of sporting events on our grounds.

Based on the outcomes of numerous studies conducted as part of this exhaustive process, we believe we can move forward not just under the letter of the law, but also in good faith, knowing there will be minimal negative impact from these actions. As demonstrated by the studies conducted as part of this process, for example, we know the following:

• The proposed LED lighting technology exceeds city lighting requirements;
• The directional, amplified sound system custom-designed for the site meets all city sound requirements and would improve the current public address system being used;
• Crowd noise will be consistent with similar facilities in Madison according to the professional sound study that used actual topography and anticipated crowd size from the actual site;
• Improvements to the Goodman Athletic Complex will not have an impact on the environment, as concluded by the environmental study conducted within the past two months. 

While the complexities of navigating this exhaustive process resulted in an unintended lack of communications from us to you, we believe the careful, reflective work has been worthwhile. It has resulted in identifying options that will allow our students to have a true home field in 2019 and afford our leadership team appropriate time to continue working with the city and our neighbors to discuss options and conditions for the potential future addition of a permanent structure for seating, storage, restrooms and concessions. Please see our FAQ section on this website to view more information regarding our decisions. 

We remain committed to ensuring Edgewood maintains its position as a valued community asset while striving to provide the best, most robust experience for our students. Again, we sincerely appreciate your support and look forward to keeping you updated as we continue to move through the process. 

Sincerely, Edgewood High School Board of Trustees

Lynne Sexten, Board Chair
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