SPARTA, NJ – The long awaited turf field at Sparta High School is nearly completed. The turf has been rolled out, concrete is poured, fencing is up, ticket booths are built and the lights are ready for opening night. Some issues have been raised about the lettering on the field.
After thanking the board for turf field saying it was "beautiful" and that he "regularly rides by it and has watched the progress," resident and board of education candidate Kurt Morris asked who chose the ‘S’ “that has nothing to do with Sparta. It’s not on paperwork, or uniforms or anything to do with Sparta.”
Superintendent Michael Rossi said, “It’s not the block ‘S’ because the rendering looked like a 5.”
“Now we have a $3.5 million field, with the wrong 'S'” Morris said. “You talked about branding and spent money on branding.”
Morris asked who picked the “Salsbury S.” Rossi said Sparta High School Athletic Director Steve Stoner chose it.
“It’s a letter on a field, doesn’t mean it can’t be changed,” Rossi said.
Morris said he was concerned because if the district made the choice, the district will have to pay for it to be changed.
Rossi said, "Not necessarily."
Board President Kelly McEvoy said they also have to check about the lettering in the endzone. “We’re not disagreeing with you,” she said. “Unfortunately, the way it looked on paper didn’t translate to the field.”
Rossi said the cost of the field was $3.1 million. “We’ve transformed the site, it’s a beautiful facility, it’s ADA compliant, there is a new scoreboard. If we have to look at the lettering, we will.”
Morris thanked him.
Rossi announced a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new field will be held on Monday, August 26 at 7:45 p.m. during the board of education meeting.