Damage came out of left field for Guilderland school

Updated: 03/24/2014 5:25 PM
Created: 03/24/2014 11:18 AM WNYT.com
By: WNYT Staff

GUILDERLAND - Farnsworth Middle School is without a field after significant damage done to it over the weekend.

As NewsChannel 13 first reported on Sunday, it's all because of a civil service exam.

So many people showed up to take the exam on Saturday, the school ran out of places to park.

That left people parking in the neighborhood and on the school's fields.

If the ground was still frozen, that may not have been as big a problem, but with slightly warmer temperatures, the ground thawed and those cars and SUVs sank right into the grass. That grass is now more dirt and mud.

When the district found out what happened, it announced the school wouldn't be hosting the second exam on Sunday.

School Superintendent Dr. Marie Wiles says up to six acres of land is damaged and they can't even guess how much it will cost to repair.

As for using the field, she says there's no way they can use it this spring, and it could take a whole year before kids are running around on it again.

Dr. Wiles says she doesn't know of any other groups who use the field, so it looks like it's just the Farnsworth Middle School students who are affected.


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