Athletic Projects Begin

And the Field Work Has Begun: Last Wednesday a ground-breaking ceremony was held on the Old Saybrook High School football field to mark the start of the athletic facility upgrade project. There to celebrate the milestone were athletic project designer Luke McCoy; Superintendent of Schools Jan Perruccio; Director of Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment Heston Sutman; Director of Student Support Services Kathy Bai; Director of Operations, Facilities, & Finance Julie Pendleton; Old Saybrook High School (OSHS) Principal Sheila Riffle; OSHS Associate Principal Joe Anastasio; Band Director Jeremy Taylor; Choral Director Jeremy Milton; Jeff Mauri of the physical education department; First Selectman Carl Fortuna, Jr.; Selectman Scott Giegerich; and Police Chief Michael Spera. Also sharing in the event were Bill True from the building committee, Nancy Gatta, Touchdown Club President Mike Urban, and student-athletes Meghan McAvoy and Katie Seegert.

A ground-breaking ceremony at the high school football field last week marked the start of the construction phase for planned upgrades to school athletic facilities.

Three projects are now underway: replacement and upgrade of the six tennis courts, replacement and upgrade of the high school track surface, and replacement of the stadium field's natural turf with a new artificial turf surface. As part of the project, the main field's perimeter fencing will also be replaced.

Guerrera Construction of Oxford was awarded the contract for the project for a bid of $1,684,000.

The electors of the Town of Old Saybrook last fall approved $1.75 million in bonding to pay for the design and construction work associated with the three athletic facility projects.

The construction work means that most of the land behind the Old Saybrook High School building will be off-limits to the public this summer for safety reasons. A portion of the parking lot areas behind the high school also will be used as staging and storage areas, making them unavailable for vehicle parking.

The construction project will continue into the early fall. Given the start date for the work, Superintendent of Schools Jan Perruccio anticipates that the first home-field football game on the new artificial turf will occur in October 2014.



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