Efforts to raise private money for artificial turf fields at two metropolitan area high schools fell short Friday.
But the game may not be over.
The fundraising campaigns at Millard North and Millard West High Schools did not raise the $300,000 each sought by Friday's deadline to take advantage of an offer from an Oregon nonprofit to assist in funding the fields, said Craig Whaley, director of activities and athletics for the Millard Public Schools.
Officials at Millard North, which came closer to the target, were pursuing a deadline extension Friday, Whaley said.
At West, Whaley said, "we were far away" from the goal.
The Millard school board initially tried to pay for the fields as part of a bond issue last fall, but voters shot it down. District officials said they aren't likely to try that route again.
The Salem-based Community Sports Development Council subsequently offered to fund about 70 percent of the costs if the schools could raise the rest.
The cost of each field would be more than $1 million, officials said.
The nonprofit organization is made up of turf manufacturers and a number of other companies that make or supply materials and services for sports facilities, officials said.
To aid the effort, the Millard Public Schools Foundation had pledged $50,000 to each school toward the fields.
Whaley said the schools could reapply to the foundation next year, but it's up to school officials whether they do.
"I would like to believe that if we were approved once, chances would be pretty good that we would be approved again," he said.
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