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Turf talks: District adds installing artificial fields to building proposal

"One of the beautiful things is it is very little maintenance, maybe twice a year you need to tend to it," said Nigh.

School board member John Yaglieski asked Nigh about whether the turf would become too hot in the summer months because the materials tend to retain heat. Nigh said that is generally only a problem in more humid climates. He said that in the Northeast, the field can easily be cooled by watering and emphasized the fact that most schools don't use fields in the summer as much.

Superintendent Susan Swartz said the cost of the turf will be included as part of the building project. The district expects to receive about $925,000 in state EXCEL grant funding and, by combining that with state building aid, will allow about $4.2 million of the project to come at no local cost.

The building project proposal will also include a new high school library, replacing the running track, the addition of bleachers to seat 500 at the high school, renovating the science, technology and family and consumer science classrooms at the middle school and technology classrooms at the high school, improvements to the middle school library, new elementary school roofs, all in addition to other maintenance improvements.

The board meets again at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8, in the middle school cafeteria.

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