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Long Trail School (LTS) announces that all state and local applications have now been approved, all permits issued, and construction began on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 on the school’s Fieldhouse.

The Fieldhouse will be a new 13,000 square foot facility located on the eastern portion of the LTS campus at 1045 Kirby Hollow Road in Dorset, Vermont.  The Fieldhouse features a full-size basketball court with six basketball goals, a weight training room/exercise studio, a climbing wall, and shower and locker spaces.  The basketball court is also configurable for volleyball and wrestling.  In addition, the school will host assemblies in the Fieldhouse.

The Fieldhouse has been fully funded by a set of anonymous benefactors, who simultaneously paid down in full LTS’s pre-existing long-term bond debt.  The school is not releasing the estimated cost of the Fieldhouse project or the amount of the school’s now-erased former debt.

According to LTS Head of School Seth Linfield, “our International Baccalaureate program, as reflected in the IB Learning Profile, calls for balance – intellectual, physical and emotional – to achieve individual and collective well-being.  The grit and resilience arising within sports support a growth mindset and higher academic performance.  The Fieldhouse will foster extraordinary, competitive opportunities for our student-athletes while focusing on the fitness, health and wellness needs of our whole school community.  We are highly confident that our athletics reputation will match our reputation for excellence in academics and the arts.  We are grateful to all of the volunteers and professionals engaged in this project, and most particularly a remarkable cohort of forward-thinking philanthropists, for partnering to shape the Long Trail School of tomorrow.”

Added LTS Board Chair Tami Blanchard, “the education offered by Long Trail School School is more vital than ever.   This Fieldhouse will benefit all of our students and enhance our school.  Thank you to our donors for making this possible.”

Athletics Director Tim Smith, also a member of the LTS History faculty, enthused that “our student-athletes are excited about the opportunities to host home games for the first time in a range of sports, including basketball.  We will now be able to conduct multiple practices at the same time, no matter the weather.”

Bread Loaf architects designed the Fieldhouse and are now serving as general contractor.  Remarked Eric Sturm, Bread Loaf’s lead architect on the project, “we have customized our planning, design, and construction approaches with the goal that the Fieldhouse will serve as a hub for the whole school community.”

Building Committee Co-Chairs, trustees John Moser and Parker Rice, are participating with Bread Loaf and the school’s professional team in overseeing construction of the Fieldhouse.  Long Trail expects to open the doors to the Fieldhouse for the first day of classes in the fall of 2019.

For further information, contact:
Seth Linfield
Head of School
Long Trail School
1045 Kirby Hollow Road
Dorset, VT 05251
802.867.5717 x101

Eric Sturm, AIA, LEED AP
Bread Loaf  Architects Planners Builders
1293 Rte 7 South
Middlebury, VT 05753
802.388.9876 x252

Long Trail School is Vermont’s first International Baccalaureate® (IB) World School.  LTS educates 190 students in grades 6-12 who come from more than 40 towns in Vermont as well as diverse other countries and states.  More than 2/3 of our students receive financial aid.  A fuller picture of the school can be found at www.longtrailschool.org.  More information about the International Baccalaureate program can be found at www.ibo.org.

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