SULLIVAN — While construction of the new Charles M. Sumner Learning Campus is incomplete and issues have been raised about the sprinkler system, the timeline will have little to no additional impact on the athletics program, according to Assistant Principal Rick Dube.
“We had a plan going in as to how we would manage the situation and that has not changed,” Dube assured.
Sumner will field a full slate of fall sports — cross-country, soccer and volleyball — with practices already underway and scrimmages starting Aug. 22. The cross-country and boys’ soccer teams have been practicing at the Mountain View School in Sullivan. The girls’ soccer team has been practicing at the Peninsula Consolidated School in Prospect Harbor, where several baseball and softball games were held last spring.
“When it came to the outdoor athletic fields, we already knew those weren’t going to be available to us this year,” said Dube, referring to the fact that the new fields would need at least a year to be finished once the old building has been demolished. “So, our plan for this year has not been affected.”
Plans for the volleyball team changed somewhat, however, as the assumption was there would be gym space available for the team by this point.
“As far as the volleyball team is concerned, we have them practicing at Peninsula [Consolidated School] right now,” Dube said. “But when the first day of school comes around, they’ll be back with us.”
The football team plays in combination with Ellsworth High School, which is where practices and games are held.
The only difficulty that Dube did mention was the added logistical challenge of scheduling middle school sports now that Sumner is a 6-12 facility. Currently, that responsibility falls to Dube after the departure of Athletic Director Dan Campbell. Campbell is now the AD at Deer Isle-Stonington High School.
That won’t be the case forever, though, as Dube did confirm that the school has a candidate to fill the position, pending approval by the Regional School Unit 24 (RSU 24) Board of Directors.