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North Reading softball gets field at high school complex

Joanne Lehner (left) and Jennifer Casoli Vant started the group that raised questions of field fairness under Title IX.
Joanne Lehner (left) and Jennifer Casoli Vant started the group that raised questions of field fairness under Title IX.Credit:

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Facing a potential complaint over violations of Title IX, the federal law that requires equal treatment of male and female athletes, North Reading officials have decided to include a softball field in construction plans for the town’s new secondary school campus.

But the decision was based on site conditions — including the presence of ledge and the amount of space available for a field — and not on the potential civil rights complaint.

“If we would have had the space there for a baseball field, believe me, that would have been a baseball field because we need one,” said School Committee member Gerald Venezia. “But the space is not sufficient to support a baseball field.”

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