West, ISD — The school board for West ISD has approved the building of a new synthetic-turf football field to replace the one first used as a triage following the fertilizer blast in April.
The health concern is that there may potentially be blood and other bodily fluids, as well as syringes and sutures, imbedded in the grass.
The current field is on track to be used four times as much this year since the marching band and junior high team fields were destroyed. Nearby water concerns cloud the idea of up keeping a grass field in the heat of summer.
The district says the biggest reason for the decision is to make sure the juniors and seniors of the district have the experience they would have had before the blast.
“It is all about the little things that go along with the educational experience such as extracurricular activities. Those are important," said Superintendent Dr. Marty Crawford.
"Whether you are actually participating in those, or if you’re there for social interest, I think it’s important for those kids to have that exposure as they wrap up their educational career here at West ISD.”
The field will be installed this summer and ready for the fall semester.
The estimated cost is around $900,000 and the field would last nearly a decade.