FieldTurf USA has been busy replacing and repairing more ragged fields in the San Diego Unified School District in recent months, just three to five years after the fields were installed, newly released emails show.
FieldTurf replaced Madison High School’s turf field free of charge in June, and dumped loads of glue onto the fields at University City High, San Diego High and Morse High earlier this year to try to make them stronger and shed less fake grass. Edison Elementary’s field is scheduled to get the glue treatment this fall, district officials said.
Most of the fields were highlighted in Voice of San Diego’s series on FieldTurf’s failing artificial turf fields in the region. The fields at San Diego High, Morse High and Edison Elementary were already replaced for free under warranty with supposedly better turf, and all three are again experiencing problems. Madison High’s $590,000 turf field looked particularly tired after only five years.
According to district emails — produced 198 days after they were requested under the California Public Records Act — Madison High received a “no cost” field replacement on June 26, a May 17 email from FieldTurf salesman Tim Coury said. The replacement was discussed at least as far back as January, another district email shows.
A March 24 email written by a FieldTurf customer service representative described the Morse High work as a “Field Refurbishing,” while San Diego High’s field repairs were described by a FieldTurf salesman in February as “remediation/ field makeover.”
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I was the PE teacher at Balboa Elem when their turf was put in. The kids complained of the heat off the turf. The blacktop was cooler. The push for turf over grass was based on someone getting some sort of kickback. A good sod will resist more then shoddy turf and also safer for students. Most schools are becoming shared use facilities which will bring more problems later on as more get turf.
Sounds to me like artificial fields just are not good enough to pay for themselves. Consider ripping them up and replanting grass. The districts were taken for a ride by the turf manufacturers. Then sue their brains out.
Schools have misplaced priorities, shame on leadership for making sports stadiums a higher priority than air conditioned classrooms. Disgusted to see this article two weeks ago: "When temperatures are expected to be above 95 degrees, with a heat index of 103 degrees or higher, district policy states campuses with less than 80 percent of their classrooms air conditioned may move to a minimum day schedule.
Considering temperatures could reach 108 degrees in parts of the San Diego district, the following schools will have early release on Tuesday:
...[long list of schools]...
District officials say of the list above, 22 schools have no air conditioning. The rest have air conditioning in less than 80 percent of the campus.
The district is working to install air conditioning at all schools by the end of summer 2019."
In addition to checking to see and fix the plumbing to eliminate the lead problem.
"Schools have misplaced priorities".......understatement of the year.