LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Clark County School District is planning to convert 29 natural grass fields to artificial turf starting in August.
The district says the change will provide an improved experience for student-athletes throughout the Clark County School District and is excited to partner with Hellas, who is also part of the Allegiant Stadium project.
"Athletics is an important part of keeping students engaged in academics and improving their overall health," Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara said. "Our team has done a tremendous job of ensuring a better experience for all student-athletes throughout CCSD. This long-term investment in our schools will provide our student-athletes with high-quality turf that will give more students greater access."
The staggered upcoming school schedule is expected to enable activities to continue while upgrading fields across the district, with 29 fields converted no later than April of 2021.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted everyday operations, CCSD says it remains committed to making the necessary improvements to facilities its students and taxpayers deserve.
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The tentative schedules for the replacement project may change based on external variables, but the initial dates are below:
Group I construction schedule - Aug. 3:
Coronado High School
Chaparral High School
Foothill High School
Western High School
Eldorado High School
Sierra Vista High School
Bonanza High School
Desert Pines High School
Basic Academy of International Studies
Group II construction schedule - Oct. 10:
Silverado High School
Mojave High School
Cheyenne High School
Del Sol High School
Green Valley High School
Cimarron-Memorial High School
Durango High School
Liberty High School
Desert Oasis High School
Group III construction schedule - Dec. 9:
Spring Valley High School
Las Vegas High School
Centennial High School
Shadow Ridge High School
Sunrise Mountain High School
Legacy High School
Canyon Springs High School
Laughlin Junior/ Senior High School
Palo Verde High School
Virgin Valley High School
Moapa Valley High School
The district says the majority of the $45 million project will be funded through the Government Service Tax (GST) revenue, with the remainder paid through a Capital Replacement Fund.
An estimated 900 jobs are also expected to be created for the project, according to CCSD.