School board President Michael Rosenberg (left) and Superintendent Bruce Watson (right) look on as school board Vice President Cindy Jo Quackenbush cuts the ribbon at the new Sasso Field. Photo credit: Jim Leggate.
Fair Lawn school officials held a ribbon-cutting for the renovated Sasso Field at Fair Lawn High School Wednesday.
The field now features an artificial turf surface, which Board of Education President Michael Rosenberg said would be safer than the old grass field.
"There's not going to be any ruts," Rosenberg said. "There's not going to be any bare spots."
Addressing criticism over the $600,000 cost of the project, Rosenberg said that more students — including physical education classes and the marching band —would be able to use the artificial turf field than the grass because the new surface can handle more use without wearing out. The school will also host a marching band competition in October.
"Every single student at Fair Lawn High School is going to use this field," Rosenberg said.
Superintendent Bruce Watson praised school officials who helped save up the money over the past nine years after two referendums to fund the project failed.
"With the way we operate the district, we were able to take a little bit of savings each year and put it in the bank," Watson said.
The new field will see its first game Thursday afternoon when the girls soccer team takes on Wayne Hills.