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KM synthetic turf expected in for first home football game

Kettle Moraine School District - Synthetic turf should be in place on the Kettle Moraine High School football field by the end of August, just a few weeks before fans pack the bleachers for the first home football game. 

The Kettle Moraine School Board voted to accept a gift of more than $400,000 for the artificial turf field from KM Share the Field members at last night's School Board meeting. 

Construction for the synthetic turf is slated to begin June 29 and be complete by Aug. 21.

The Share the Field project began in 2006 as a grassroots effort to replace the field and a volunteer committee spearheaded numerous events and fundraisers to grow funds for the project.  Fundraising has taken longer than originally hoped, but in that time synthetic Turf technology has improved, Share the Field project chairman Larry Laux has said.  Synthetic turf is now more natural looking and feeling with improvements to the grass blades.  The turf will be warranted for 10 years but is expected to last a few years beyond.   Ultraviolet rays break down synthetic but because of the limited exposure in Wisconsin, Kettle Moraine's turf could last 12 years of more. 

Superintendent Pat Deklotz said Share the Field's donation is the largest the district has ever received. 

"We would not be installing this field without this gift and without our community members," Deklotz said. 

The artificial turf is expected to offer increased opportunities for athletics, be a source of revenue, available to community members and a be a beacon of pride for the Kettle Moraine School District, Deklotz said.  

Though Share the Field has raised a record amount for the turf, the effort still needs about $25,000 to reach the goal.  

Laux said they hope to raise the rest of the funds at a memorial fundraiser in July for Daniel Ross, a Kettle Moraine student who died unexpectedly last August, as well as at a tailgate event in September. They also expect to receive donations from people who have expressed interest in the project but have not yet contributed.   

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. Friday at the Kettle Moraine High School Athletic Field, 349 N. Oak Crest Drive, with hors d'oeurves to follow at Saxe's, just down the road on Highway 18. 


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