School board to consider artificial turf fundraiser

The Ashland High School Booster Club will seek school board approval of a fund-raiser for artificial field turf at the board's regular meeting Monday night.

The club told the board in early April that it would like to raise $875,000 and hoped a field could be completed in time for the 2009 football season. Artificial turf would increase availability of the field, improve safety and reduce the need for maintenance, regular watering and fertilizer, booster club members said.

Nearby Oregon high schools, including North Medford, Grants Pass and Crater schools, recently installed artificial turf fields and recommended the process in a survey conducted by the booster club. They indicated significant savings, although not yet above the cost of installing the new fields.

In other business, Superintendent Juli Di Chiro and Michelle Zundel, director of educational services, will present strategies to meet district goals over the next five years.

The district plans to implement a comprehensive foreign language program, restructure Ashland High School to reflect declining enrollments, create of a sustainability task force and improve professional development for teachers among other goals.

The board will also hear updates on the guidance and counseling program, high school commencement activities, a construction project progress report and consideration of food service contract renewal with Sodexho America, LLC.

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