Fields aim for fall play

Plans are on track to finally get Vernon Secondary fields back in the game

Plans are on track to finally get Vernon Secondary fields back in the game.

Although staff and students have been in the new school since January 2013, there’s been no outdoor space at the school for the Panthers to play.

“It is a problem, and it is an eyesore,” said Bill Turanski, Vernon School District board chairperson.

But the mounds of dirt surrounding the school are expected to be levelled out into playing fields in time for the new school year. Landscaping work is underway and the goal is to have the main football field and site work ready for use by school start up in September 2014.

“We will be putting turf down so it’s not a matter of waiting for grass to grow,” said Turanski.

The delay in completion of the fields is apparently due to weather and geothermal lines which weren’t placed deep enough.

There are also a few other outstanding issues being addressed at the new school.

The majority of the interior doors did not meet specifications, therefore the contractor is expected to replace them this summer.

There is a hump in the gym floor which is also going to be fixed.

School district staff are also working with the school to complete the remaining millwork items that were not included in the original building contract.

There is also some electrical work and minor painting that needs addressing.