West, TX — The West Independent School District is reversing plans to build a new, artificial-turf football field after receiving a critical letter from local U.S. Congressman Bill Flores.
The district's sole football field was originally used as a triage in the moments after the April 17th fertilizer blast.
Concerns of scattered medical equipment and bodily fluids in the grass were just a couple reasons to replace the field with a new artificial field. Another big reason for replacement was because two other practice fields were destroyed by the explosion.
The cost was estimated at $900,000 dollars.
Flores’ letter to the district stated that a cheaper alternative would be wise and that original costs could hurt the school district’s standing with FEMA.
The new plan is to dig up the field and re-sod it with new grass.