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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.

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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