There is no rest for the weary.
Summer at Berkeley County High Schools is merely a time to take a step back, regroup, and rattle off a “To Do” list for the next six weeks.
In the case of Berkeley High School Principal Steven Steele, summer offers an opportunity for the school to continue with its five-year plan to upgrade BHS’s athletic facilities in accordance with the five-year long range plan he and Athletic Director Jeff Cruce embarked upon over the winter.
“None of what we are doing would be possible without the cooperation and support of the Berkeley County School District, the Moncks Corner community and the numerous parents and supporters of Berkeley Stags athletics,” Steele said.
The across-the-board improvements and upgrades include the $31,000 upgrade of Jim Bradley Field that included a new backstop, concrete common aread and walkways, and new stadium seats; and the upgrade of the Lady Stags softball facilities including upgraded dugouts, new locker rooms and the new irrigation system slated to be installed in the fall.
“The intent is to make Berkeley High School the gem of all Berkeley County sports and not just football,” Steele said. “Hey, we’re even taking care of the band so they have their own place to practice every day.”
Creative juggling of available acreage, such as utilizing space at Berkeley Elementary School, is a job requirement for Steele.
“The problem here is that we’re landlocked” he said. “We only have so much available land here to use and as you can see looking around, we’ve almost used it all up.”
Steele added that by utilizing available space at schools like Berkeley Elementary, it allows the soccer team to have a full-size regulation field at its disposal.
“They’ve been practicing on the football practice field and that’s nowhere near enough room,” Steele said. “This new field, thanks to the school district, allows us to stretch our legs some.”
Steele said there will be plenty more to come in regard to facilities upgrades soon, including a new mural in the gym designed to inspire school spirit.
“We’re painting a mural on the far wall of the gym that says “Fear the Deer,” with a big Stag in the middle,” he said. “This should really get the school spirit going.”