Big crowds were expected at a North Shore school board meeting Monday over a proposal to replace grass football fields with artificial turf at Highland Park High School. But that was before former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin weighed in over the latest district controversy.
The district gained national notoriety last week for not allowing the high school's girls basketball team to play in an Arizona tournament.
Township High School District 113 officials cited student safety concerns because of Arizona's new crackdown on illegal immigration, initially stating the trip "would not be aligned with our beliefs and values."
Monday's school board meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Deerfield High School auditorium. A school official said the meeting had been scheduled for weeks at the auditorium because of the turf issue.
The basketball team controversy will not be on the board agenda, Suzan Hebson, assistant superintendent, confirmed.
The school has said that the team will play in a tournament in Florida instead though details haven't been set yet. The administration has a duty to explain themselves and every day they don't the story grows bigger.