The cold, snow-filled, wintery months are upon us. The weather has me dreaming of warmer months and warmer outdoor activities like baseball, softball, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse. Barnstable High School students play and excel in these sports on the fields at the high school. I have watched games being played on our fields and had similar thoughts that some of our parents have expressed, “our students deserve to play on higher quality fields.”
A master field improvement plan is not a new idea. A few years ago, Facilities Director David Kanyock worked with consultants to draw up plans for a “Field of Dreams” and a School Committee Workshop was held to discuss the matter. The plan was well received, but there was the question of where the money for the field improvements would come from. The conversation on the plans began to slow down.
Then this past summer, I put together a Master Field Plan Ad Hoc Committee to discuss a plan for field improvements. This came about from parents concerned about the condition of the fields. The Committee consists of school staff and community members that want to see this master field plan become a reality. The Committee has met several times over the past 6 months to discuss renderings of the field plan and the plan to finance the project. The School Department has made this project its top priority with the Town’s Capital Improvement Projects for FY’19.
On January 31st, the School Committee will hold a Workshop on the plans in the Barnstable Intermediate School library at 7:00 PM that the public is welcomed to attend.
I hope you enjoy the next few months of winter on Cape Cod (though I am hoping it only snows on the weekends to avoid school snow days). I am looking forward to the warmer weather and outdoor sports (that will hopefully be played on improved fields at the high school).
Warmest regards, Meg
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