Anyone who has seen Rye Neck’s F.E. Bellows Elementary School lately has probably noticed the landscape looks a little churned up. The reason: the creation of two new sports fields.
A letter was sent June 28 to alert local residents that the Bellows portion of the Construction Bond Project had begun. The project, which was approved by voters last year, will cost more than $7 million dollars.
The letter, signed by Assistant Superintendent for Business Kimberly Bucci, stated that a large portion of the construction on the exterior site work would involve “field renovation and some roofing/masonry restoration,” and the work “necessitates a good amount of change to the property.” The letter didn’t disclose the exact nature of work being done to the field.
Superintendent of Schools Peter J. Mustich said the work will maximize use of the school’s land. He also said that one field will be used as a practice field for soccer and lacrosse, and the other for softball. A portion of the land being used to construct these two fields was made available last year when the Gedney Farm House, built in 1790, was torn down.
The tight construction schedule calls for work to be completed by September. “Right now we’re on time and on schedule,” Mustich said.
In the coming months, construction could be impacted by wet weather, especially the installation of natural grass fields.
The Construction Bond Project involves extensive, district-wide construction. The site work and restoration at Bellows is just one portion of the project, which also includes tearing up roads and sidewalks at Rye Neck Middle-High School. Mustich said that the work would most likely continue throughout the school year and “probably continue through next summer.”