ACTION5.2.12Office of the Superintendent of SchoolsMONTGOMERY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLSRockville, MarylandNovember 13, 2012MEMORANDUMTo: Members of the Board of EducationFrom: Joshua P. Starr, Superintendent of SchoolsSubject: Thomas S. Wootton High School—Request to Fund Artificial Turf Installation–Policy CNE
During the summer 2012, the Department of Facilities Management was contacted about thepossibility of installing artificial turf on the stadium field at Thomas S. Wootton High School.Staff in the Department of Facilities Management evaluated the feasibility of artificial turf installation at Thomas S. Wootton High School and determined that the current grass stadiumfield can be replaced with artificial turf.Subsequently, staff publicly advertised a Request for Proposals for private organizations thatwould be interested in participating in the private/public partnership to install the artificial turf onthe Thomas S. Wootton High School stadium field. Only one proposal was received from theBethesda Soccer Club, which participated in a similar arrangement for artificial turf installation atWalter Johnson High School. The proposal includes a $900,000 contribution toward theinstallation of artificial turf at Thomas S. Wootton High School in return for approximately 900 to1,000 hours of use per year for a 10-year period.Further, the Thomas S. Wootton High School Booster Club submitted a letter of commitment toraise and contribute $200,000 toward the installation of artificial turf. These two offers total $1.1million in private contributions, which is the estimated cost to install artificial turf at Thomas S.Wootton High School. If the project cost exceeds the $1.1 million contribution amount, theshortfall can be paid through the funds collected for community use and the savings accumulatedeach year from not having to maintain the current grass field—such as grass cutting, fertilizing,over-seeding, and irrigating. It is anticipated that approximately 150 hours or more, pendingweather conditions, will be available for the community to use the artificial turf field aftercalculating hours used by the school and the Bethesda Soccer Club.