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Target Date of Delayed GRHS Fields Project Moved Up

Games might be played on Monday, Oct. 15 if all breaks well, school board member says.

Glen Rock Board of Education Trustee and Operations Committee chair Carlo Cella had good news to report to the public Monday night – the projected opening date of the plodding construction work to modernize the high school athletic fields has been moved up about a week.

With contractor Turco Golf moving full speed ahead on the now-$4.2 million project, the laying of the turf at the multi-purpose field could be completed by Saturday.

"Our objective is to get boys and girls soccer on that field starting that Monday [Oct. 15.]," Cella said, adding that contingencies like weather might throw off the again revised timeline.

"The lower soccer field is not going to be ready in that time-frame," Cella said, remarking it would need to be cordoned off until that element of the project is completed.

The 2012 fall athletic season had been in jeopardy after district officials said inclement weather and the discovery of unsuitable soil moved the expected opening of the main multi-purpose field from Sept. 15 to Oct. 20, Homecoming weekend. Depending on the speed of construction, the lower soccer field might open several weeks later or not at all this this calendar year, officials previously reported.

Whether the baseball fields will be ready for the spring has not yet been determined, Cella said.

Trustee Sheldon Hirschburg, Fiscal Management Committee chair, reported the district anticipates transferring about $500,000 from its capital budget into its general operating budget for the next school year.

The board approved a change order for Turco Golf in the amount of $59,000 to pay overtime costs. Business Administrator Michael Rinderknecht said he doesn't anticipate large change orders going forward.

Athletic Director Frank Violante will be assessing what games can be played at Glen Rock High School should the new, hopeful opening date stand.

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JAFO September 25, 2012 at 01:14 PM
James, you might want to reconsider the following phrase: "The 2012 fall athletic season had been in jeopardy". The season was never in jeopardy.
James Kleimann September 25, 2012 at 01:48 PM
I quoted Principal John Arlotta in late August saying, "It looks like we will be somewhat delayed and our fall season is in jeopardy...If so, we will work to move games either away or to some neutral sites." Since the issues with soil and assorted other delays first came to light, school officials have maintained several days of poor weather can delay the project a week or two. Given the first revised projection was Oct. 25 on the multipurpose field under good conditions, it's a fair assumption to say even a few days of inclement weather could jeopardize the season. We still don't know when the lower soccer field will be up and running. All that being said, I don't think anyone is disappointed to hear mid-October is the new target.
Rene September 25, 2012 at 08:08 PM
59 K in overtime. WOW. Sounds like we need a new project manager.
Mike September 27, 2012 at 01:05 AM
1/12/12 Article - " The Glen Rock Gazette reported last November that the district's architect estimated the whole project will cost around $2.5 million. " 4/17/12 Article - "Turco Golf Inc. will collect a $3,527,993 check allocated toward the project." 9/25/12 Article - "With contractor Turco Golf moving full speed ahead on the now-$4.2 million project," Final - TBD.
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