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School Board to vote on approval of turf fields tonight

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Airline took on Captain Shreve last week. Airline High School is one of the stadiums that would receive a synthetic turf upgrade if the school board agrees to install them at local high schools in Bossier Parish.

If athletes want to be playing on turf fields this fall, they will need a “yes” vote from the Bossier Parish School Board tonight.

The board’s decision will determine whether the artificial turf project will go out for bids or not. The project is for new fields at 5A schools Airline, Haughton and Parkway as well as Bossier High.

“For this project to go forward, the bid ad needs to run next week,” Keith Norwood, Supervisor of Planning and Construction for Bossier Schools, said. “We need the board’s permission to bid and a designated funding source to move forward.”

An updated cost estimate shows the price of four fields to be about $5.5 million.

In November, the board authorized professional services, including surveys and geotechnical reports. Norwood said those have been completed.

The board authorized professional services for designing four artificial turf fields last month. Norwood said the design phase is complete and they are prepared to begin the bid process.

The Bossier Parish School Board will meet at 6 p.m. at the Bossier Instructional Center, located at 2719 Airline Drive in Bossier City.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

UPDATE:

NO TURF FIELDS – With a 6 to 6 vote, the motion to move forward with the bid process for artificial turf fields at four Bossier Parish high schools has died.

No votes were cast by Frank Kelly, Sandra “Samm” Darby, Kenneth Wiggins, Glen Bullard, Bill Lott, J.W. Slack.

Yes votes were cast by Shane Cheatham, Eric Neuman, Dennis Bamburg, Mike Mosura, Billie Jo Brotherton, Brad Bockhaus.

More information to come on this developing story.

Athletics is important but it is however extracurricular. Until each and EVERY school in the parish is full invested in academically there shouldn’t be any more spending on anything else.

We have kids going to class in temporary buildings, the cafeteria at Greenacres is too small to accommodate the number of students it serves. The press box in Plain Dealing has been condemned, coaches cannot even film games, tell me more about who needs what.

We do not need Turf fields at the expense of keeping our kids in Broken down T-Buildings. If donors are footing the whole bill, then fine. But they also need to be the ones to replace them in 8 years.
When all our kids are out of “Temporary” buildings and all the stands they play sports at are safe to operate in and on. Then we can talk about it.

We do not need Turf fields at the expense of keeping our kids in Broken down T-Buildings. If donors are footing the whole bill, then fine. But they also need to be the ones to replace them in 8 years.
When all our kids are out of “Temporary” buildings and all the stands they play sports at are safe to operate in and on. Then we can talk about it.