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Frontier tennis courts to go without repairs

SOUTH DEERFIELD — Superintendent Martha Barrett has withdrawn the Frontier Regional School Committee’s request for Community Preservation Act money to fund repairs to the school tennis courts.

With no money to repair the tennis courts, Barrett said, “at some point, the courts may have to be closed.”

The courts will stay open this season and throughout the summer. After that, Barrett said the school district would have to wait and see. Keeping the courts open to students and the public would be a liability if they are in disrepair, Barrett said.

The committee requested $32,999 in CPA money from the regional school’s four feeder towns to repair cracks along the courts. It had asked for $4,455 from Conway, $15,345 from Deerfield, $4,748 from Whately and $8,451 from Sunderland. The money from each town was contingent on support from all towns.

Last week, the Deerfield Community Preservation Committee voted to not recommend the request at town meeting. The committee believed the project was not an acceptable use of CPA funding.

In light of that decision, Barrett withdrew the requests in Conway, Whately and Sunderland. Whately and Sunderland committees had already endorsed the project.

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