The Southold School District brought students out, dressed in red and white to show their Settlers pride, at a ribbon cutting for the high school’s new track and athletic complex Tuesday morning.
Student athletes and classmates broke in the track by taking a lap before superintendent David Gamberg and Board of Education president Paulette Ofrias officially opened it for business. The celebration wrapped up with a seniors vs. seniors flag football game on the new turf field.
“We look forward to many, many years, generations of competitive sport, play and usage of this complex,” Mr. Gamberg said before the ribbon was cut. “This is here for the community, the school community as well as the larger community, and we are just so grateful and so excited to be here today.”
School district voters approved a $9.7 million capital bond for the project in 2015. Improvements to other athletic fields, the track and the varsity soccer and lacrosse turf field began in September 2017.
Ms. Ofrias said she appreciated that district taxpayers supported the proposal.
“It’s a wonderful addition to the school and the community,” she said.
Southold athletic director Steven Flanagan agreed, noting how the track can be used beyond school sports.
“It’s going to be a great thing overall for our students in the school and teachers, and for the greater community of Southold,” he said. “It’s really going to be a wonderful thing for people focusing on their wellness and health and making a community outlook towards it.”