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EACS schools to get field turf

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36 minutes ago, Muda69 said:

No

I'm disappointed Muda, I thought we were having an honest conversation.  But it can't continue with statements made like this.  Any reasonable person could list 1/2 dozen functions beyond EXC's a school could use that space for.  Your refusal because of your need to live in a world of black/white in regards to spending, is requiring you to be less than truthful.  If your were employed by the district to find suitable uses for the field with dead time, you'd find plenty.  In the end it just weakens your other points of view.  

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30 minutes ago, Coach_G said:

I'm disappointed Muda, I thought we were having an honest conversation.  But it can't continue with statements made like this.  Any reasonable person could list 1/2 dozen functions beyond EXC's a school could use that space for.  Your refusal because of your need to live in a world of black/white in regards to spending, is requiring you to be less than truthful.  If your were employed by the district to find suitable uses for the field with dead time, you'd find plenty.  In the end it just weakens your other points of view.  

I guess I misunderstood your question.  I guess I could see that space being used for additional instructional classroom space, if enrollment growth warranted it.

 

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2 hours ago, Irishman said:

As stated before, whoever oversees band competitions, requires turf to be installed to host competitions. The amount of use that Physical Education classes get out of it goes up tremendously. Add to it the number of community events and youth activities that will be able to use the fields. You ignored the fact that it will actually be a savings to the district over the life of the turf and that by doing all of them at once, will provide even more of a savings to the district, as one of the fields is basically free.

We at KV host an annual marching band competition (which is AWESOME btw.  I live close enough, open the windows, and free, beautiful music concert)and the football field is grass.  I believe Rennsy hosts some marching band invite too, and their field is grass.

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Just now, Coach Ellenwood said:

We at KV host an annual marching band competition (which is AWESOME btw.  I live close enough, open the windows, and free, beautiful music concert)and the football field is grass.  I believe Rennsy hosts some marching band invite too, and their field is grass.

But to qualify for ISSSMA, or whatever the association is, it has to be on turf. So, like scrimmages in the Summer, there could be events outside of the sanctioned events.

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Just now, football dog said:

I heard New Haven was last to get turf in EACS. Why are they last?

We host both track conference and sectionals.

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4 minutes ago, Irishman said:

We host both track conference and sectionals.

Why do you host it this year? Past it on to someone else!

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31 minutes ago, football dog said:

Why do you host it this year? Past it on to someone else!

They actually earn a decent amount of money, and I am not sure other tracks have the required 8 lanes in the conference. As far as sectionals though; my thinking is once you give it up, it is hard to get it back.

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1 hour ago, football dog said:

I heard New Haven was last to get turf in EACS. Why are they last?

The timeline I read said all EAC schools will have it before the Football games commence this coming fall.  Does it matter who's first or last?  None of the EAC schools have turf at this point in time.  And in all honesty, if you look at the EAC schools, New Haven has always had the "Taj Mahal" of stadiums/stands compared to the other schools.

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54 minutes ago, Dabears said:

The timeline I read said all EAC schools will have it before the Football games commence this coming fall.  Does it matter who's first or last?  None of the EAC schools have turf at this point in time.  And in all honesty, if you look at the EAC schools, New Haven has always had the "Taj Mahal" of stadiums/stands compared to the other schools.

I bet they have more tax money coming from their community than the other 3 schools together!

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24 minutes ago, football dog said:

I bet they have more tax money coming from their community than the other 3 schools together!

I think you would lose that bet.  Why should/would it matter if more tax money comes from the New Haven boundaries?  I expect the goal would be to make all of the schools equal in all respects.

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1 hour ago, football dog said:

I bet they have more tax money coming from their community than the other 3 schools together!

I have been told the Harding attendance area is the highest due to the tax rate of apartment complexes, but that is just rumor mill info.

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Here's a few random takes on the issue. I'm not a football coach, so I have an unbiased point of view:
1. If a school corporation can afford it, without overlooking necessary academic funding issues, go for it.
2. I do not think, however, that money should be spent for a field turf for football (and various other activities) that should be used for the original purpose of schools - that of educating students. I have been a varsity coach and a varsity official in other sports, as well as a classroom teacher for 15 years. I have seen the good athletics can do. But, as I said, this should only be done if there is enough money and there are no greater needs. (If some "sugar daddy", likely at a private school, wants to get out the checkbook and pay for it then that's great.)
3. I am mostly against spending public money for them because the warranty is only for eight years, and at a cost of $1 million that's $125K a year. I don't know how much it costs to manually care for a field per year, but I'd be surprised if it's that much. Maybe it is. Anybody know?
4. I was at a girls' soccer sectional championship this year, at a school with field turf, and a horrendous rainstorm hit for over an hour. Had to be several inches of rain. When the rain stopped, they played. It was pretty amazing. No effect on the match at all. The field definitely saved the match.

I hope your school has field turf, and if not I hope you can afford it soon. But if you don't have it or don't get it, you'll be just fine.

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