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SACS board considers new Homestead turf

– Southwest Allen County Schools officials plan to consider the cost of installing new turf on two fields at Homestead High School rather than moving the existing turf and replacing only the main football field.

School board members heard presentations Tuesday from local companies about upcoming construction and improvement projects.

The building project at Homestead includes installing new synthetic turf on the football field, resurfacing the track, creating a new ticket and entrance area, renovating the concession stands, replacing the band tower and adding lighting.

The total cost of these projects is not expected to exceed $1.84 million, although officials said they won’t have actual costs until bids are approved for the projects.

District officials originally said the existing football field turf would be moved from its current location to a nearby area to be used as a band practice field.

But representatives of Barton-Coe-Vilamaa Architects & Engineers said it might be more cost-effective to replace both fields with new turf and recycle the current synthetic grass.

Board member Holly Glick said she’s heard that the current football field turf is in excellent condition and said she would rather see it put to use in a creative way than have it removed and thrown away.

“I’d like to see that old turf put to some good use,” Glick said.

The current football field was installed for the 2004-05 school year and cost about $589,000.

Officials estimated the field would need to be replaced every seven to eight years.

Other projects being designed by Barton-Coe-Vilamaa include a plan to reroute traffic at Summit Middle School, renovations to the Summit Middle School pool and changes to Haverhill Elementary School to make restrooms handicap-accessible and add classrooms and meeting space.

The board will review the projects at an upcoming board retreat and will discuss bids at a future meeting.