The opening of school is always a busy time of year, but this fall, tropical storm Irene and the heavy rains that followed added significant amounts of work for our Physical Plant and Grounds staff. The fact that we were able to welcome our students on the scheduled date speaks volumes about our staff’s competence and “can do” attitude. Our thanks go out to them as they work around the clock to prepare most of our athletic fields for play later this fall.
We’re thankful that the turf fields were cleaned in time for pre-season, and that we have been able to create three fields on the quad behind the Main School Building. We will also play more games away this fall. The situation with the four south fields and the town lot is more challenging. Due to the large amounts of debris left from the storm, they will be unusable this academic year. We plan to reseed those fields so they may be available next fall. The grass on the varsity football, soccer, and softball fields (six in total) has been suffocated, so even if we clear the sludge from the top of the fields, there is nothing that will grow. Our plan is to strip the fields of the grass and sludge and plant new sod, with the hope that they will be ready by late October.
Our Dean of Students and Athletic Director are coordinating groups of students to assist with other minor tasks on campus so that our Physical Plant staff can focus on the athletic fields as an urgent priority.
I look forward to providing quick updates on campus life from time to time. In spite of Irene’s wrath, the school year is off to a great start, and the school feels more alive than ever.