Eagle Scouts

Eagle Scouts Derek Cranfill, Conner Neely and Patrick Cranfill are honored at the school board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Former clerk Patty Holohan is the new board of education president. She will be taking over for Cristina Puraci, whose term has ended after one year.

The nominations were held during the Tuesday, Dec. 10 meeting.

"I want to thank Cristina for the year she has given. It has been a pleasure working with her," said Holohan.

Nominations continued for the remaining board positions, with Jim O'Neill taking over as vice president for Alex Vara.

Puraci will take over as clerk for Holohan.

Along with the trustee positions, representatives for district programs were announced.

Holohan, who has served on the Board of Education since 2008, will continue her role as the Regional Occupational Program representative. Puraci will continue as the Colton Redlands Yucaipa Regional Occupational Program representative.

Holohan will also continue her role as the representative for the County Committee School District Organization.

Newest trustee Michelle Rendler will serve as the representative for COMPACT Club.

Vara will take over for Puraci as the representative for the San Bernardino County Gang and Drug Task Force.

Congratulations were in order for three Redlands East Valley seniors who made the distinguished rank of Eagle Scout.

Conner Neely and Derek and Patrick Cranfill were presented plaques to commemorate their achievement.

To complete the Eagle Scout training, Neely installed a garden at Simpson Elementary School in Rialto. Derek Cranfill collected headstone information at Hillside Memorial Park, which took over a year to complete. Patrick Cranfill removed rotten wood at Crafton Hills Park.

The possibility of a stadium for Redlands East Valley was discussed during the public comment section.

Soccer parents Doug Everhart and Dawn Lindfelt spoke to the board about the need for a decent field for their students.

Redlands East Valley is the only high school in the city without its own stadium.

"We have been waiting 25 years for a stadium for REV," said Everhart. "We can't host playoff games. That's not fair."

Lindfelt listed the dangers of continuing to play on insufficient fields.

"We had to cancel nine practices and a game tonight because we did not have a field to play on," she said. "There have been multiple injuries on the team because the grass is not safe to play on."

Lindfelt reminded the board that Redlands East Valley is the only high school that does not have a turf field. With turf, if it rains, teams can still practice. Grass fields do not support that luxury.

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