On March 19th Board of Education President Denise Tormey provided an overview of the District's longstanding efforts to provide additional field space in the face of increasing demand. Superintendent David Quattrone described the plan to reorient and expand Hayes Field, installing synthetic turf as the best way to maximize opportunities for participation and upgrade the quality of experience for all students. Architect Erik Wilson of KG&D explained that the proposal included a self-contained drainage/storm water management system.
The question of field space has been under consideration for several years, and multiple options have been considered (including lights, alternate locations, and partnerships with other entities). Board members emphasized that further delay was not a viable option, asserting that analysis and due diligence had been thorough and responsible. After public comments the Board unanimously voted to place the new proposition on the May 19 ballot. This new proposal reduces the project cost by $400,000 and eliminates permanent parking as an element of the plan.