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Glen Rock HS Fields Won't be Ready for Fall Sports Season

Athletic teams will have to play away games this fall after delays in construction, officials confirmed.

Glen Rock teams will have to get used to playing on the road this fall – the construction work on the athletic fields will not be completed until after the season has ended, according to the school's athletic conference.

"It looks like we will be somewhat delayed and our fall season is in jeopardy," Principal John Arlotta told Patch early Tuesday afternoon. "If so, we will work to move games either away or to some neutral sites."

Most of the fall matches scheduled will be played away from Glen Rock, according to a note posted on the New Jersey Interscholastic Conference website.

Some soccer games may be hosted on the lower soccer field on a game-by-game basis. JV and freshmen soccer matches may be hosted at other facilities in town, Arlotta said. Girls' tennis matches will be played at the Memorial tennis courts.

"While this is disappointing to all, the long term results of such a state of the art athletic facility and the ability to correct our long standing drainage issues are still very exciting!" Arlotta said.

Construction work for the $3.5 million – which includes turfing the two fields, installing a new track and constructing a water retention system – has been delayed by a rainy summer and the discovery of "unsuitable soil," officials have said.

The Glen Rock Gazette reported the costs for soil removal had been reduced from an  change order to less than $400,000. The report indicated the school board would be discussing an updated timetable at its upcoming Monday board meeting.

Business Administrator Michael Rinderknecht did not respond to multiple requests for comment. A Glen Rock schools spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Big Brother August 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I get that all games will be away, totally understood. Where is the $$ going to come from to pay for the buses to transport the teams, band, cheerleaders, student cheering section, to the away/home games? How are the boosters supposed to make up for the lost concession $$? What is the BOE going to do about Homecoming? All due respect, the students are getting shafted again. How is this "state of the art" facility going to benefit current students and taxpayers?
Paul August 21, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Welcome to Ridgewood! Wait till the rains come:{
John Hahn August 21, 2012 at 11:14 PM
So do we get our $200 activity fee back because no games are being played at home? Next BOE meeting is monday 8/27. Tune and hear them say…sorry. Sorry does not feed the bull dog. GRHS Srs. start to worry about not graduating. BTW was this a rainy summer? I thought it was a hot summer. I guess any old weather excuse is acceptable. Wasn't their a performance schedule. Does the contractor pay daily penalties for not completing on time? Students lose. Parents lose. taxpayers lose. Rinderknecht gets to keep his performance bonus.
Big Brother August 21, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Wasn't the project started early so to have the least impact on fall sports? Our kids graduated next to a weedy mound of dirt.
USAUSA August 22, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Absolutely ridiculous, the Glen Rock BOE should be ashamed of themselves. Between the millions of wasted dollars spent, to last years seniors not being able to graduate on the field and this years seniors not being able to play on their home field in front of a home crowd is sad. Soccer field I understand fixing but football field? I didn't realize the Glen Rock football program brought in millions of dollars like college programs...
JAFO August 22, 2012 at 01:43 PM
Oh boo hoo hoo. So the kids play away games. Oh the travesty. In the long run, making these changes was the right decision and yes, some people have to make sacrafices for the greater good.
USAUSA August 22, 2012 at 02:20 PM
The right decision for whom j off, the children? The education of the children? Isn't that what the BOE is for too help aid in the education of our children? You must be a member of the BOE or a family or friend of one...a sports over education person!
Rock August 22, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Glen Rock boys lacrosse played all of their games away last Spring. They went deep into the playoffs and their homefield advantage games were also away 'home' games. They went 17-3 on the season with the 3 losses by a total of 5 goals and consisting of total of 4 OTs across the 3 games. The football team can turn it into a challenge, and have it define their season.
MC Martino August 26, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Is it true that big companies like Nike and Pepsi will pay for high school fields ( or perhaps pay a portion ) as long as you put up their big ads over the scoreboard? And is it true that towns like GR did not want to do that because of it's icky commercialism. Am not being sarcastic. Would really like to know. I once heard this and just think that if it IS true, well, GR should wake up and join the 21st century. The days of commercialism and HS sports being separate, that ship has sailed, sports fans.

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