A lot more socks will get filled with crumb rubber if Millard voters approve the Nov. 15 bond issue.
Artificial turf athletic fields at Millard North and Millard West high schools would serve as "multi-use" fields for physical education classes, sports practices and competitions, marching band practices and community use.
Varsity football games, because of the big crowds, still would be played at Millard's Buell Stadum, located at Millard South High.
But the new fields, striped for both football and soccer, would host all levels of soccer games as well as junior varsity, reserve and freshman football games, principals from the high schools said.
Both fields would replace existing live-grass soccer fields. The estimated cost for both: $3.2 million.
At Millard North, the turf would go on the soccer field at the north end of campus, west of the baseball field, Principal Brian Begley said.
The field has lights purchased years ago by the school's soccer boosters, Begley said. It also has bleachers that seat 1,500 people, he said.
He estimates that 1,500 students a year will use the field, a bargain, he feels, for the 30 cents a year the fields would cost the owner of a $100,000 home if the bond referendum is passed.
"That's less than the cost of a postage stamp," Begley said.
The entire $140.8 million bond issue would add an estimated 1.5 cents to the property tax levy, costing the owner of a house valued at $100,000 about $15 more a year.
Millard North, sitting on 46 acres, has the smallest campus of the district's high schools, but its enrollment of nearly 2,500 students leads them all, he said.
As a result, "we use the heck out of our fields," he said.
Millard West Principal Greg Tiemann said the soccer field on his campus, where the turf would go, has bleachers that seat about 535 people.
The field has no lights, but if the turf goes in, Tiemann said, he probably would approach the boosters and ask if they would be willing to raise money for lights.
Tiemann said he would like to see physical education classes and music instruction have first priority for the field, followed by athletic competitions, practices and community use.
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