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FieldTurf at OCHS Football Field On Track For 2012 Season

School Board approves proposal Monday.

If all goes according to plan, the football field will be an artificial playing surface by the start of the 2012 season.

The Oak Creek-Franklin School Board approved financing for the turf, commonly referred to by the brand name FieldTurf, in its meeting Monday on a 4-1 vote.

Board member Mark Verhalen cast the only vote against the proposal. He said he wanted to hold off on a vote so issues, specifically with stormwater retention, could be worked out. Superintendent Sara Burmeister said the vote Monday was for financing and that the district will have time to address those details.

No other board member spoke before the vote the turf, which looks like real grass but is actually a synthetic surface, would allow for many community events, marching band performances, soccer games, Oak Creek Youth Football games, WIAA playoffs and other events to take place.

The estimated cost is $1,042,370, according to minutes of a Feb. 20 school board committee meeting. School officials say it can be paid for through the district's existing budget and would not require raising taxes.

Also Monday, the school board with the city of Oak Creek.

Common Sense March 13, 2012 at 03:30 AM
How many teachers and aides will be let go to pay for this? How many programs will be cut? How many more supplies will teachers have to pay for out of their own wallet? The board should be ashamed. A million dollars for this frivilous "new shiny thing" they can show off. Meanwhile the 99.9% of the students in the district who don't play football get screwed,
Melissa March 13, 2012 at 03:56 AM
From the Nov. 15, 2011 article: "Its expected lifespan is between 12 to 15 years." To me, that sounds like an awful lot of money to be throwing down for something that will need need to be repaired/replaced in 15 years or less. Would there ever be an option to revert back to regular grass or would the changes being made to the ground make it so this turf is permanent? I also wonder about the availability of the community to use the turf once installed. You thought the school district was stingy about hardly anyone but the football team using the field when it was just REGULAR grass....can't wait to see what measures are put in place to keep people off of it!
OC future March 13, 2012 at 10:49 AM
This is a terrific idea! The community will get great use out of this field - much more than the grass field that needed to be restricted due to its poor drainage and beat up conditions. I have been a citizen for over 40 years and its great to see a progressive move like this and the Delphi site - further proof that OC is moving into the future and expanding its attractiveness to others. As for the costs of this field - it has been clear that the dollars being used for this field are restricted - meaning the school administration couldn't use these dollars for salaries, supplies, or curriculum items - so the previous poster was either uninformed or misinformed
BringBackOakCreek09 March 13, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Turf?? what a joke. What? Are the janitor's to busy to maintain a high school football field. Big waste of money.
Mike Edic March 13, 2012 at 03:29 PM
As a football referee for the WIAA (Wisconsin varsity sports), I know from my personal experience, that this turf will go a long way to help prevent injuries because there won't be ruts in the mud/grass for twisted knees/ankles, as well as easier maintenance (costs) of the field. What kind of a price do you put on kid's safety of playing football on a torn up grass/mud/frozen field, or artificial turf that has a larger price tag??
Mark B March 13, 2012 at 04:23 PM
"I know from my personal experience, that this turf will go a long way to help prevent injuries because there won't be ruts in the mud/grass for twisted knees/ankles, as well as easier maintenance (costs) of the field. What kind of a price do you put on kid's safety of playing football on a torn up grass/mud/frozen field, or artificial turf that has a larger price tag??" I have a solution, don't play football. So playing football on grass is more hazardous than field turf? We all take risks in life in anything we do.
OC Grad March 13, 2012 at 05:34 PM
I congratulate the school Board members who voted for the Field Turf. Excellent decision!
Oakcreek supporter March 13, 2012 at 07:15 PM
If there are budget shortages or teachers cut, is it such a good decision? So, turf, or cuts for our kids learning? Are parents assured, no teachers or staff cut next school year?
jack ryan March 13, 2012 at 08:52 PM
The clock is ticking till the first group is told that they cannot use the site as the turf is not holding up as well as they thought and needs to be saved for the football team... tick, tick, tick...
CB March 13, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Great vote! This will serve way more than football and will give opportunities to bring events, which equal revenue, to our field! As stated, there are funds that are earmarked or directed towards the project. The funds used can not be used for supplies, staff, pay raises, etc.... Believe me, as a district employee and taxpayer, I watch this budget closely! We do not have a field house or decent theater...it is good to see we will be able to provide one area that is up to date!
Mike in OC March 14, 2012 at 04:23 AM
while i disagree with spending that much money for the turf... i happened to be down by bradley tech today and noticed their turf.... it looked impressive. and @mark b.... i totally agree with you... it you dont want to get hurt playing football, dont play. the maintenance savings is only 20k per year and doesnt come close to recooping the cost of the turf so nice spin on that one.....
Glen D Ferri March 14, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Mike in OC, did you happen to notice if the Bradley Tech field was lined for both Football and Soccer as the fields I've seen at Kenosha's Ameche Field and Greendale High School?
Mike in OC March 14, 2012 at 06:34 PM
@Glen .... I'm not 100% sure but I believe so.
Care Mom March 15, 2012 at 02:05 AM
I hope we wont cut education for AstroTurf. Check out. Milw Mag. We aren't even average. Vote the bums out,

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