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Tuesday, January 02, 2018 9:20 pm

4 EACS high schools to get synthetic turf fields

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

East Allen County Schools started the new year with a step toward equipping four high schools with synthetic turf football fields.

The seven-member board on Tuesday unanimously selected The Motz Group to provide artificial turfs at Heritage, Leo, New Haven and Woodlan.

The district, which is a member of the TIPS Purchasing Cooperative, will use the TIPS awarded contract with The Motz Group for the project.

The turf project is budgeted for $3.2 million and is part of the $87.5 million building program that proceeded without a public referendum. Improvements address various issues district-wide, including secure entrances, overcrowding and drop-off and pickup areas.

Engineering Resources Inc. will provide civil engineering services for the football field project at a cost of $58,800, the board also approved.

That cost is included in the $3.2 million budget, officials said.

Durability, safety and the number of activities that the synthetic fields will be able to support were factors in pursuing the project, board President Bob Nelson said.

The fields are expected to be ready for the fall football season, he said.

In other news, the board elected to keep its officers -- president, vice president and secretary -- the same as last calendar year. Along with Nelson, the officers are Tim Hines and Chris Baker, respectively.

Consistent leadership is important as East Allen works through its various building projects, member Terry Jo Lightfoot said.

Superintendent Marilyn Hissong also noted today kicks off Walk Through Wednesdays. The events are set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday in January and give visitors an opportunity to tour and learn about prospective schools. No appointment is necessary. Call 260-446-0100 or visit www.eacs.k12.in.us for more information.

asloboda@jg.net