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School Board votes to install lights at Herbert Hoover High School

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego School Board voted Tuesday to allow nighttime lights to shine at a City Heights high school's football games.

The board voted four to one to use funds from Proposition S, the $2 billion school bond measure passed in 2008, to install lights at the Herbert Hoover High School's football field.

Board Member Kevin Beiser cast the sole dissenting vote against the plan because he wanted to limit the number of nights that lights could be turned on to 15.

"We need to have respect for the community around the school and allow them to have trust in us," he said. "If we say 15 nights is the maximum, let's mean it."

Board Member Scott Barnett said the board should not limit the number of lit nights to 15 because it would be a waste of money.

"We need to maximize the community's use of the lights," he said. "We should maximize use of the field, because there are lots of athletic uses in the community."

Residents who live near the school asked the board not to install lights because they said night games are loud and attract crime. They said they were concerned lights would be turned on not just for football games, but also for other events during the week.

"This will ruin the neighborhood," one resident said.

Ron Lardizabal, the athletic director at Herbert Hoover, said the lights were necessary to allow games to take place at night when more students' families can attend.

"Parents can't come out and support the school in the afternoon," he said. "This is one of the ways we're trying to promote involvement in the school."

Cree Morris, Herbert Hoover's football coach, said many of his players have single-parent families who work full time and that Friday night football games are important to his players and the school community.

"There's a book called 'Friday Night Lights,' a movie called 'Friday Night Lights' and a TV show called 'Friday Night Lights, '" he said. "It's not called 'Friday Afternoon.'" 

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