Carlmont’s campus gets a summer makeover

Gabriela d'Souza, Staff Writer

At the start of the new school year, there are not only new faces at Carlmont, but also many new physical features.

From the new turf, bleachers, and stadium lights, to the new floors in D hall, and the gravel that replaced some of the few grassy areas on campus, Carlmont’s image has once again changed.

The turfed field has been redone due to an eight year policy agreement stating that every eight years, or when the turf is heavily worn down, the school must replace it for various reasons including safety and functionality.
“I really like the new stadium in general, the field looks fantastic and our logo in the middle just tops it off,” stated Tristan Gasperian, varsity defensive tackle.

For many years, Carlmont has been the only high school in the Sequoia Union District without stadium lights, thus making Carlmont unable to host many night football, soccer, or lacrosse games unless the school was willing to rent out floodlights, which tend to be quite costly.

As a result of this issue, the district decided to fund the purchase and installment of stadium lights to go along with the overhaul of the school athletic facilities.

With this decision, the Carlmont administration chose to also set up new bleachers in order to separate the fans attending the games and a new parking lot for extra student and athletic parking.

“The new field [and facilities] will increase school spirit, it’s awesome and [we] feel very fortunate to have it [all],” said the instructional vice-principal Robert Fishtrom. Many students and teachers, especially those involved in athletics, view the new field and its equipment as a prideful addition to the campus.

“Playing under the lights at home is going to bring a new experience to everyone at Carlmont. I know I can’t wait to play on the new field, and I can speak for the team on saying that too. It’s going to be an excellent year!” proclaimed Gasperian.

Another improvement to the campus are the new floors in D hall which have been put in the classrooms due to the heavy amount of rainfall last year that caused flooding throughout D hall and the classrooms. With the new tile floors replacing the carpet, the school hopes to eliminate damage done to that area of campus and increase cleanliness within the classes.

An additional area that has been strongly affected by floods was B hall where gravel has now become prevalent replacing old grass patches to install proper drainage for floods.

“The gravel patches are temporary,” said Fishtrom, “we hope to put in brick pavers and tables, similar to those in the quad.”
Carlmont has also begun to face a shortage of lockers to accommodate to the growing student body. To fix this problem administration has begun to take lockers away from seniors and give them to freshman.

“Nine out of every ten lockers we search are empty; [to our knowledge] seniors have the fewest books and use their lockers less,” said Fishtrom.
This problem is both a financial and availability issue that will continue unless the school is able to come up with the funds for this project.