By Luther Turmelle
New Haven Register
WALLINGFORD >> Plans for a $2.27 million upgrade of the Lyman Hall High School athletic complex are still on target to begin in mid-July, but before ground is broken, Superintendent of Schools Salvatore Menzo may have a surprise addition to the project.
Menzo told the board he was in negotiations about “some ancillary items being donated to the project.” Right now the plans for the project call for a new eight-lane track, an artificial turf field, and a new lighting system.
A clue to at least one of the items that Menzo may be seeking donations for might have inadvertently come from Marc Deptula, the supervisor of the school district’s buildings and grounds department. Deptula told the board that “some minor changes” will be made. Following the meeting, Deptula was asked about what those changes were.
“We want to add some extra conduits to facilitate things that we might add at a later date,” Deptula said, referring to electric cables encased plastic piping that would be buried beneath the surface of the track and field. “The project doesn’t include a scoreboard and we might want to add one in the future.”
Menzo declined comment when asked if he was negotiating to get a new scoreboard to go with the new lights, track and artificial service for the football field.
“I don’t want to jinx it,” Menzo said after the meeting when asked whether one of the items he was negotiating was a scoreboard. “You’ll just have to wait and see.”
If the athletic complex upgrade gets underway as planned next month, Deptula said the goal is to have the field ready to use for the annual powder puff football game between girls from Lyman Hall and cross-town rival Mark T. Sheehan High School. That game is played the day before the traditional Thanksgiving varsity football game between the two schools.
The Town Council approved the bonding for the athletic complex upgrade on June 9.
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