The Wichita school board, for the second time in two months, approved a $3.7 million contract Monday with a Texas-based company to install artificial turf fields at five high schools.

The unanimous vote means construction could start by the end of this week, and fields could be ready for the start of fall sports season, school officials said.

Hellas Construction turned in the lowest of four base bids, at $3 million, according to district calculations.

District officials also recommended — and the board approved — another $628,000 that Hellas proposed to add pea gravel to the turf systems.

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