STAMFORD, CT – Stamford Public Schools (SPS) is pleased to announce that Stamford High School (SHS) will be the beneficiary of $3,000,000 in state bond funding to create a synthetic multipurpose field that will accommodate baseball, as well as supporting soccer, lacrosse and field hockey. The goal of this project is to enhance competitiveness while improving player safety; provide consistent playing conditions and extend the playing season.
In 2021/2022, the Stamford High School Governance Council submitted a bond application to the state on behalf of the school community. The funds are the result of two separate grants – $2,000,000 from Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), and $1,000,000 from Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).
In recent weeks, the Stamford High community, as well as representatives from various local youth sports organizations and community members have taken to social media and public forums to outline the benefits of a multi-use synthetic field located at Stamford High. SPS recognizes the value of uplifting student voice and collaborating with the greater community for the good of our students. We would like to thank the Mayor’s Office, City Planning Board, Board of Finance and Board of Representatives for their thoughtful input, debate, and discussion while moving this proposal through the various committees and resulting in a positive vote.
The City Engineering Department will continue its work with the SHS community and a team of consultants to guide the design and construction in adherence with federal and state regulations. The proposed timeline includes a targeted completion by the Spring 2024 athletic season.
“This state bond is more than just a sum of money on a piece of paper, rather, it represents a commitment to our school, our students, and our community.” Explained SHS Principal, Matt Forker. “The vote sends the message that we are seizing a sizable fiscal opportunity to invest in the necessary upgrades our school not only deserves but desperately needs.”