NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. (AP) – New Fairfield school officials say it’s time to remove the Galante name from the high school’s sports stadium.

The stadium was named after local resident James Galante, the former trash company owner who was sentenced to more than seven years in prison in September for racketeering and fraud.

Galante donated money and in-kind services for construction of the stadium. Federal officials say he gave the school district $2 million.

But school board members thought it was inappropriate for the stadium to be named after a criminal, so they decided recently to rename it Rebel Stadium, after the school mascot.

The Galante family has written to the school board, saying the removal of their name was unfortunate and noting that other family members have volunteered in the schools.

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