Friday, 17 July 2009 00:00
Work has begun on the long-awaited restoration of the athletic fields at the Roslyn Middle School. The large-scale project will include reconfiguration of the playing fields and tennis courts, installation of a new running track, and improved drainage and irrigation.
In addition, a new exit from the middle school onto Locust Lane is expected to alleviate a serious problem with traffic congestion in the parking lot during times of student arrival and dismissal. Additional parking is also being constructed. Once this part of the project is completed, a new fence and landscaping will be installed, including planting new trees to replace some of those that had to be cut down for the construction.
This work at the middle school is scheduled to be substantially complete before the start of school in September. However, fields will not be playable for some time as they need to be seeded and the grass allowed to take root through two growing seasons.
Voters authorized the expenditure for the athletic fields when it approved a referendum in May 2008, allowing the Board of Education to expend funds from the Capital Improvement Fund for this and other projects.
The middle school project is part of the district’s ongoing capital improvement program, which has encompassed numerous projects throughout the district over the last several years. Other projects are also under way, including the renovation of the middle school auditorium, which was begun earlier this year, and continuing implementation of the Energy Performance Contract.
For more information, residents may visit www.roslynschools.org and select “Capital Improvement Program.”