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Collinsville to vote again on spending $1.3m for artificial turf

by Diana Zoga

KMOV.com

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 10:32 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 13 at 10:39 PM

COLLINSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) -- Collinsville school board members plan to vote, again, on a proposal to spend more than one million dollars, upgrading the high school athletic field.

Last month, five members voted to spend $1.3 million to install artificial turf and make other improvements at the Collinsville High School.

A parent complained that the vote violated open meetings requirements because the agenda was not updated on the district's website until the day of the vote.

Initially, the board planned to only discuss the proposal, but amended the agenda the weekend before the meeting. The paper agenda was updated at the school board's meeting location and members said the updated information was sent to media outlets.

At a budget meeting, Monday afternoon, the architect, working on the stadium upgrades said $1.3 million would cover the entire wish list of the board. In addition to installing artificial turf, board secretary Wayne White, said the district hoped to build a new fence, resurface the track, add more bleachers, and add a new score board.

White said the improvements would be an investment in the community because the artificial turf would require less maintenance, over time and may reduce injuries on the field.

Kristen Pochard-Lech, a parent and president of the Twin Echo Elementary PTA, argued the money could be spend on building improvements elsewhere in the district. She pointed to the use of a portable building at Twin Echo, saying money should be invested in more classroom space.

The board plans to vote, again, Monday, June 20th.

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