Re "Batting cage's loss lamented" (Our Region, Oct. 8): The McClatchy High batting cage fiasco hit home. Ten years ago I managed a field restoration project at a San Juan high school. Upon its success, it was described as a "model" self-help project. With booster club money, blessing from the site and assistance from area businesses, parents and players spent hundreds of hours restoring the field. And within two years, the field was ruined -- collateral damage when another project led to a summer water shutoff.
Even though all the site's stakeholders knew what was going on, no one informed the boosters. We were given no chance to mitigate the damage or salvage materials. If the site administration doesn't strongly advocate for parents, who will? And if the site and district don't or won't communicate effectively, why should any parent generously give their time and money?
-- Bruce F. Graves, Sacramento