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Turf field gets financial OK

Done deal - Community fund-raisers have brought in $534,000

The school board approved a financing plan for a new artificial turf field at Forest Grove High School Monday night, plugging the final piece into a million-dollar project puzzle that has garnered $534,000-worth of community fund-raising support.

Construction on the project's first phase - demolition of the old grass field and installation of new turf - will begin as soon as school lets out in June.

'This will be a great asset to our students and the community,' Superintendent Jack Musser said after the board unanimously voted yes on the project.

Darin Davidson, district director of business and support services, said the entire project - to be broken into two phases - could eventually cost as much as $1.2 million if new restrooms are added to Dick Hendricks Stadium.

Board members on Monday gave district officials permission to borrow up to that amount. As pledges from funds raised by community boosters trickle in, monies will be paid back, Davidson indicated.

FGHS Athletic Director Doug Thompson thanked the board for 'giving us this field.' He has said sports teams, bands and youth football and soccer squads will use the facility.