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Ferris plans Field Turf for HS

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ERIC CORNELISON
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FERRIS - The Ferris Independent School District has wanted to replace the natural grass at Yellowjacket Stadium with what Superintendent Mike Bodine reffered to as 'Field Turf' for the last couple of years.

The board met on Tuesday, Feb. 20, to consider several issues but turned their attention to this pressing one.

'Field Turf actually looks like grass,' Bodine said. 'It will last from 12-20 years and give us access to the field year around.'

According to Bodine, the school spends $40-50,000 on the maintenance of the field including manpower, mowing, equipment, a lot of water and, every three years, the field has had to be recrowned with sand and top soil in order for it to drain properly.

'We have had to cancel junior high games during the week to ensure that the field is in good shape for Friday's football game,' Bodine said.

The project could cost about $540,000 and would need to be approved before June in order to be ready for the football season which would begin in August.

Bodine said he wanted to make a decision on the project by the next board meeting.

With the start of soccer for the first year and approximately 20 home games being played on the field at what Bodine called the worse possible time for growth of grass on the field, he said it was an important and pressing issue.

Both the junior and high schools play on the field and would continue to do so even after the new high school had been completed.

'Everyone would benefit from this project, the baseball team could practice on it when the diamond is too muddy and it will complement the school.' said Bodine.

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