The board voted no on agenda item G3 on Tuesday, February 21st.
However, please note that the board asked if the bids for the tracks and turf could be addressed separately. Due to the specific bid referred to in G3, the board voted no because the bid could not be split between turf fields and the tracks. The tracks have always been part of the Locally Funded Initiative (LFI) scope, and continue to be a priority. The board will move forward with the tracks as soon as possible.
The board wanted to look into turf more because the bid was more than we anticipated. As recently as last fall, we expected a price tag of under $2 million for both fields. The bid, after a discount, was closer to $3.5 million. This bid for turf fields came in at approximately double what the board was expecting, and there remains some concern about whether there will be sufficient funds to cover all of the special projects, and when those funds will be available. Turf fields will continue to be studied and explored.