The Lake Board of Education has adopted a plan to fund the cost of maintaining the turf at the stadium and all-weather track at the campus on Lemoyne Road for the next 10 years.
The board Wednesday approved the formation of a “turf and track fund” with the goal of minimizing the use of tax dollars, said Tim Krugh, board president.
Under the plan, volunteer organizations and the board will combine efforts to raise money for the facilities over the next 10 years.
The Lake Athletic Boosters and Lake Turf and Track Fundraising Committee have each set goals of contributing $10,000 annually and the athletic department and school board will each contribute $10,000 annually. The board’s allocation will come from the district’s permanent improvement fund.
Krugh said before the all-weather track and stadium field turf were installed, it cost about $15,000-$20,000 a year to maintain and repair the crushed stone track and grass field in the stadium.
The all-weather track was installed in 2003 as part of a bond issue project for the middle school,
The stadium field turf was installed during the summer of 2010 in the wake of a tornado that destroyed the high school building and damaged other facilities on the campus. The district’s insurance coverage paid for the turf.
Jeff Carpenter, district treasurer, said some in the community have raised concerns about how the district would pay for upkeep and replacement of the stadium turf.
Krugh said the track needs to be resurfaced every six to eight years and the stadium turf will need to be resurfaced in about 10 years.