The Webb City R-7 school district held its monthly meeting Tuesday night. Board members and district staff spoke about resolving an ongoing dispute with an artificial turf manufacturer. KRPS’s Fred Fletcher-Fierro has more.
In question is the recently installed practice field at Webb City high school. Like many schools throughout the US, the school board opted to purchase and install artificial turf, which has several benefits, including that football, soccer teams, and the marching band can use the facility with little or no maintenance.
Once it was installed this year, Webb City school officials noticed lines or striping in the field. At their Tuesday night meeting, school administrators said they had spent about 1 million dollars on turf for all of their fields and purchased it from Georgia-based Sports Turf.
The turf cost of the practice field is estimated to be about $160,000. Board members and school officials agreed they wanted to avoid litigation and are working to resolve the issue this week. Webb City schools could see a return of up to $60,000 to resolve the issue.