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Central Turf Project Gets Board Ok

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District officials have approved the installation of artificial turf at Central High School's soon-to-be-revamped football stadium.

MONMOUTH/INDEPENDENCE -- Central School District officials have approved the installation of artificial turf at Central High School's soon-to-be-revamped football stadium.

At its Feb. 8 meeting, the Central School Board unanimously agreed to scrap a development on 16th Street that was to be part of the high school's reconstruction.

The move diverts $1.3 million previously allotted for that project for artificial turf and a series of other school improvements.

The 16th Street item entailed practice athletic fields and relocated portable classrooms for support staff space.

A group of community members have been advocating for turf for the past several months, opining that the artificial playing surface could accommodate sporting events and physical education classes throughout an entire year.

They also argued that the cost of the 16th Street development was too high.

The vote drew applause from nearly 100 supporters, including Central High athletes, who attended the meeting.

"It's really nice to have you all clapping and happy with what we're doing up here for a change," joked Susan Meikle-Stoops, board president.

Superintendent Joseph Hunters said the district will put the artificial turf installation out to bid as part of the contracting process for public projects.

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