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West ISD opts for cheaper football field after criticism

POSTED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 12:40pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 - 9:37pm

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.



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The kids need classrooms. Not turf fields.

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