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April 22, 2013

Committeeman: School needs outside lights for tennis courts, security

Haverhill High tennis teams crippled, school security needs boost

HAVERHILL — School Committee President Paul Magliocchetti said it’s time for Haverhill High School to get out of the dark — literally.

Students on the tennis team often play until the edge of dusk because the tennis courts have no lights, Magliocchetti said. If the courts had lights, matches could be played under the lights, he said, and the public could use the courts in the evening.

And the rear of the building would have better security if lights were added to improve nighttime vision for the security staff, he said.

“The tennis team has been playing in the dark and I want to know if lights are going to be put in or not,” Magliocchetti said. “And I want to hear from high school security as to whether there is sufficient lighting for them to do their job.”

James Scully, school superintendent, said the additional lighting work will depend on available funding. He said he is aware of deficiencies in the high school’s outdoor lighting and is waiting for cost estimates to help determine how to pay for more lights. He said additional lighting, along with lights for the tennis courts, would allow for increased use of the school grounds for the public as well as benefit student athletes.

“In the past year, we’ve had a tremendous increase in the number of people who are accessing the high school during the evening hours,” Scully said. “We put lighting around the track so people in the community can walk around the fields and have some soft lighting for security reasons. This summer we would like to secure pricing to light the tennis courts so that the community can use them. My intention has been to make the facilities, like the track, accessible to the public so they can get the enjoyment out of them that students get in the day.”

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