Zephyr ISD approves new football turf amid ongoing litigation
ZEPHYR, Texas - The Zephyr Independent School Board of Trustees unanimously approved installing a new turf at Blaine Quirl Stadium Monday during a special meeting.
It was held at 6 p.m. inside the Zephyr ISD cafeteria. The first ninety minutes were open for public comment, but board members cautioned parents they couldn't discuss the schools ongoing lawsuit.
Zephyr filed a lawsuit in 2015 against GC Carter Construction Company claiming faulty installation of football field turf, according to court documents.
On Monday the board agreed to replace and install synthetic turf at the stadium. It will cost the school approximately $483,100, which will come out of its general operating fund, the board said.
They also approved the process of seeking open bids on installing the turf.
Zephyr ISD originally filed the lawsuit in Brown County but last year they dropped it and filed in Tarrant County where the company is headquartered, according to court records.
The school is seeking more than a million dollars in damages.
The board said on Monday they haven't discussed a tax hike to pay for the new turf but it may be an option in the future.
At one point the board discussed at the special meeting whether to replace the turf with natural grass at a cost of $497,500, but parents voiced their opposition to that.
Zephyr hopes to have the new synthetic field installed before the start of the next school year.
The football team didn't play any home games last season at Blaine Quirl Stadium because of the issues with its turf.