Groundbreaking news for Falcon athletes as construction has begun on Fred Smith Field for the installation of the new turf field and improved track. It’s not only the Falcons that will benefit from this state-of-the-art field, as community groups will have access to the field as well, preparing youngsters in our feeder programs for competitive play at the high school level.
During the annual budget vote on May 18, 2021, residents approved the withdrawal of $2.8 million dollars from a capital reserve fund that was previously funded and therefore not increasing taxes. The withdrawal covers the cost of installing the turf field and replacing the track which needed extensive upgrades to allow competitions to take place at the high school safely.
Members of the community have been advocating for a turf field for many years, citing the advantages such fields offer to our student-athletes, including remaining competitive with
other schools that already play on turf and preparing them for collegiate sports where turf fields are the norm.
“It is important to give our students the advantages that will help them succeed in our schools and beyond,” said Superintendent of Schools Kenneth E. Graham, Ed.D.
During construction, the field, including the track, will be closed to the public. It is anticipated that the project will be complete in the Spring.