A synthetic turf surface is likely to cost Indiana Area School District about an extra $7,000 per year over a 25-year period, according to an analysis presented by board member Doug Steve.

Indiana turf debate continues over funding, heat

Steve presented the cost analysis at Monday’s board meeting as part of the final report of the board’s Turf and Stadium Committee. The committee was created about six months ago to study the pros and cons of replacing the grass at the senior high football and soccer fields with artificial turf.

At the last school board meeting, business manager Don Gardner presented a cost analysis over a 14-year period, but several board members said they wanted to see another comparison based on 25 years because that is the expected lifespan of a grass field. A synthetic turf field is expected to last 10-14 years before it needs to be replaced.

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