The NY Department of Education granted $5 million to Herbert Lehman High School so that they could finally construct a football field that their team could play on. The problem, you see, was that their field was only 80 yards. So, they had to play all of their games on the road, even though they could use their facility for practices and scrimmages.
After the $5 million was spent, the Lions indeed had some beautiful new digs. New lights. State of the art field turf. New bleachers. New scoreboard. There’s just one wee problem … somehow in the planning process someone forgot to tell folks that football fields need to be 120 yards long (including the end zones).
In the understatement of the millenium:
There was an error somewhere in the planning. For someone to correct it, I guess it would be a little mud on somebody’s face,” Romain said. “I’m just angry at the adults that are letting the kids suffer.”
That IS THE ESSENCE of government planning. And hey, they managed to renovate a practice football field for only $5 million. Do we not think the kids would be better off having a dirt patch, and the $5 million spent on, well, educating them? Or even better, using the $5 million to endow scholarship funds for the kids? Or maybe even flushing it down the toilet? I am sure the guys being paid Davis-Bacon wages to build the thing are happy with the outcome. Do you think even one of them stopped for a minute during construction to reflect on this?