Glen Rock school officials are optimistic bids to transform the baseball field at the new high school sports complex will allow construction to start in January.
Pressed by baseball parent Denise Blind at last Monday's school board meeting, Business Administrator Michael Rinderknecht said the reason bids haven't yet been opened is because "unsuitable" soil ripped up from other sections of the compelx was dumped on the baseball field, creating an aesthetic resembling "a war zone.
In an effort to save money, the district is re-using that soil to re-sod the baseball field, Rinderknecht said. Work could start as early as the first or second week in January, he stated. Bids to tennis are also expected to be lumped in to the baseball bid. The work, according to school officials, can be done over the winter.
Blind, who fears the baseball team may have to play on the road again for a consecutive year if there are additional delays, asked if time was wasted.
"We just finalized how much soil there was in the last few weeks," Rinderknecht replied, adding that engineers ensured the soil could be used.
Other than losing eight days to the hurricane, the administrator said he "couldn't see how we could bid any earlier looking how it played out."