Those who have been following the construction of the new track and field at ENSS in Brighton are aware of the delays in the major refurbishment at the high school. Kawartha Pine Ridge Director of Education Rusty Hick issued this December 19 letter -
Dear East Northumberland Secondary School (ENSS) students, staff, parents, and Brighton and surrounding community members:
On behalf of our school Board, I am writing to follow up on my earlier message in September with an update on the status of the track project at ENSS.
To begin, I would like to express how personally disappointed I am that this project has continued to be subject to delays. For all of us, an investment at our school that we know will have great and lasting value for our students and community is being regrettably overshadowed by the difficulties we have experienced in bringing it to life. For that, we sincerely apologize.
After the original contractor defaulted on construction of the track, we have spent the summer and fall coordinating its completion through a bonding agency and the enlisting of a second construction company. This process has been more complex and far slower than we expected.
Most significantly, we have had to repair and reinstall previous work from the original contractor that did not meet the standards we would accept. Without re-doing this work, the long-term viability and use of the track and field would have been compromised. This was obviously an outcome we could not accept for our students or the community. Unfortunately, this re-work involved planning and negotiation between the new construction company and the bonding company. It also meant delays throughout this past summer and fall.
It is still our expectation that we will be able to complete the track at the earliest possible date this coming spring. Our specific completion date, and one that is part of our planned work schedule with the current contractor, is the end of May 2014. Our contractor is scheduled to return to the site on April 1, 2014 and complete the remaining components of the project, including:
finish topsoil grading and installation of irrigation and sod
lay asphalt in sections removed for access to the field
pour the final rubberized coating of track.
We are also finalizing plans for our staff to attend an ENSS school council meeting to brief the school community personally on what has been done, and what the schedule will be like in the spring.
We are also very aware that the Town of Brighton has scheduled events as part of the 2014 Ontario ParaSport Games at the school. We have been in contact with officials from the Games on their requirements for these events, and believe we will be ready to meet their needs as planned.
Again, as a Board, we very much appreciate and understand that this new track has been made possible through a tremendous community fundraising effort, as well as the strong partnership we have with the municipalities of Brighton, Cramahe and Quinte West. As partners, we have also committed significant funding to this project and so are equally interested in ensuring it is completed properly and as soon as possible.
In closing, I would express again my great regret in the delay of this project, and assure you that we will do all that is in our power to bring this wonderful new facility to completion at the earliest opportunity.
W. R. (Rusty) Hick