Northwestern High School turf field project is approved

Mar. 22—MAPLE — The Maple School Board approved a $457,500 bid for replacement of the turf football field at Northwestern High School during its Monday, March 18, meeting.

According to District Administrator Karl Morrin, two-thirds of the project's cost has been raised through private donations.

The contract was awarded to

Midwest Sport and Turf Systems

, which has headquarters in Plainsfield, Illinois. Work could start as early as the day after Memorial Day, with the plan to have it completed by Aug. 1.

"We're hoping that they will get in there right away before June 1 and have it done in three weeks. That's our hope. But we've given them enough of a window to get it done," Morrin said.

The bid came in lower than the district's projected cost of $600,000, with the company adding colored end zones and side markers at no additional cost.

"They are a very good company. They've done a lot of the fields in the state," Morrin said, including the ones at Hudson and Amherst. "They're very reputable."


multipurpose turf field, which was installed in 2008

, is one of the oldest in the state and has outlived its life expectancy of 10-12 years. The field is used for Tiger football as well as physical education classes, baseball and softball practices before snow is off regular fields, and youth football.

The goal is to fund the entire cost to replace the field with private funds, Morrin said.

Donations are still being taken

, both online and at the high school. A four-tier system has been set up, with donors at different levels receiving perks including logos on the press box, gate and scoreboard, a sideline banner or a plaque on the donor board. Donations can be mailed to the School District of Maple, Northwestern High School Office, P.O. Box 218, Maple, WI, 54854 or dropped off at the NHS office, entrance A, 4751 S. County Highway F.