Despite a power outage in downtown New Hope and tree damage across Solebury Township, the atmosphere was charged at the New Hope-Solebury High School auditorium Monday night, and the school board crumbled like a ripe wedge of goat cheese.
The story began back on Sept. 16, as first reported in the Free Press. A group of lame-duck board members had voted to ban sports under the lights next spring in frustration with other board member’s intransigence, and in order to focus the community’s attention, they say. Among the citizens who felt “focused” was community activist Judy Finn, who wreaked PR havoc on the dazed board through a Facebook site, “save the Lions” ribbons and magnets, and ultimately inspiring a “save the lights” video.
Said Finn of the school board’s 5-2 vote reversing their earlier decision to pull the plug on night games, “I think it was inevitable. The community showed them that this is what we wanted, and that this board and any subsequent boards have this neighborhood to deal with.
“I’m happy with the decision to turn on the lights, I’m thrilled with our students, I’m impressed by the turnout tonight, and I hope at least half these people maintain an active role,” she added.
Asked for his reaction to the vote, Board Member Jonathan Adar said, “I’m very happy about it.”