A group of board members, coaches and students break ground on a new $2.1 million multipurpose turf field and track facility at Blanchet School in Salem June 10. (Courtesy Blanchet School)
A group of board members, coaches and students break ground on a new $2.1 million multipurpose turf field and track facility at Blanchet School in Salem June 10. (Courtesy Blanchet School)

SALEM — Last month as the Blanchet School community looked on, an assembled group of board members, coaches and students broke ground on the school’s $2.1 million multipurpose turf field and track facility, complete with lights, a grandstand and fencing.

The groundbreaking kicks off the first phase of the school’s Complete the Dream Campaign, which also includes improvements to the Wiegand Arts Center, enhancements to the STEM programs and financial assistance for students. The school has raised more than $4 million toward their goal of $4.4 million.

Construction will continue through the summer. Bob Weber, Blanchet principal and president, said the facility is scheduled to be completed by early October so that the soccer and football teams can host some home games this fall.

“This is a project that has been 24 years in the making,” Weber said. “Since the inception of Blanchet, we have longed to complete our facility, and this project will make that dream a reality. A project of this magnitude is only possible with the help and support of an entire community and Blanchet has been so blessed in this regard.”

The new field and track will be located in the front of the school. It will give student-athletes a year-round training facility and make Cavalier athletic programs more accessible and competitive, as well as increase participation, according to school administrators.

“Our goal is to enhance our facility, our programs, and our entire school to make sure the Blanchet experience is the very best it can be,” said Weber.