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Batavia City School District settles lawsuit

Batavia, N.Y. -- A settlement has been reached in a class action lawsuit against the City of Batavia School District alleging girls softball facilities were inadequate compared to that of the boys baseball team.

Empire Justice Center represented three families of softball players in the district who filed the suit in April 2013.

The boys baseball team often plays at Dwyer Stadium, currently home to the Batavia Muckdogs, Class A affiliates of the Miami Marlins.

The settlement includes a new softball field with permanent dugouts, good drainage, outfield fencing, a scoreboard and other amenities. It's expected to be completed in time for the 2015 spring season.

It will cost approximately $175,000 and is expected to be completed in time for the 2015 spring season.

The Batavia City School District released this statement:

"The District has always been committed to its girls' athletic program.  As a District we cannot proceed with capital projects of this nature without voter approval.  We sought voter approval in 2011 to make improvements to our playing fields but the voters did not approve the plan at that time.  Despite this outcome in 2011, the District invested as much funding as possible for material and labor to resurface the girls' softball infields and to make arrangements for games to be played on other appropriate local fields."  

"The Batavia City School District is proud of its student athletic program and continuously works toward achieving equality across all sports."

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Washington Times