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Parents and teens from Mission Bay High School turned out in force tonight to protest the school district decision to delay replacing worn fields at the school, threatening that it could prove costly. Freshman Bret Lindley complained that the field didn’t meet athletic standards and was “really unsafe.”

“Our field is simply unsafe for another year, let alone another six years,” said Cori Meara, a parent at the school. She added that it was “a huge lawsuit waiting to happen.”

San Diego Unified has had to slow down construction and repairs at schools as it reaps less and less revenue than expected under its $2.1 billion facilities bond. It will ultimately get all the money — but it will take more time.

So with fewer dollars coming in than expected each year, the school board decided to prioritize technology and setting aside funds for the schoobrary, while delaying renovations such as the Mission Bay fields for years. Meara argued that was a poor decision.

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