An update on the proposal to install artificial turf at the Chesterton High
School football field will be given at the Duneland School Board meeting
The board will meet at 6 p.m. at the Administration Center, 601 W. Morgan
Ave., Chesterton. Normally, the board meets on the first Monday of the
month, but rescheduled this month’s meeting to May 16.
At the last meeting, members of the Friends of Duneland Youth, a new
non-profit group, outlined a school-community partnership to install
artificial turf, which they said would reduce field maintenance costs and
open the field to more programming for the Duneland Schools as well as the
community. With the natural field now, the CHS field must close periodically
due to drainage or other maintenance needs, which has limited use of the
field and canceled events.
Cost estimates given at the last school board meeting put the total cost at
roughly $800,000. The Friends of Duneland Youth said they intend to launch
an aggressive fundraising campaign to reduce the costs to the school system.
The funding for the project, if approved, would likely come from the Capital
Projects Fund, which is funded by local property taxes.
The school board tabled a decision on the turf project but directed the
Friends to return to this month’s meeting with more specific cost estimates,
including the amount that the Friends would contribute.
Other agenda items for the school board include the annual Duneland
Education Foundation scholarship raffle, a proposal from the Flora
Richardson Foundation, a presentation by Jackson Elementary School, and
approval of the bids for the Westchester Intermediate School renovation