The Washougal School District has begun the process of planning for the replacement of the turf field at Washougal High School’s Fishback Stadium.
During last week’s School Board meeting, Superintendent Dawn Tarzian presented a plan in which the district would match each dollar raised in the community and invited local business leaders to do the same.
“One area the district has been trying to save for is a turf field,” she said. “At the same time, we are getting criticism for setting the money aside. If this is a priority to the community, then we need to take action on it. If it’s not a priority, then the district will continue to have a field that remains inadequate.”
Those in attendance at the meeting offered several suggestions. These included “rounding up” purchases at a local grocery store, and finding citizens who might be willing to make substantial donations or front the money to the district for a low interest rate, to be paid back over the course of the life of the new field. Several patrons in attendance signed up to help with a fund-raising effort.
Parents, coaches, staff, administrators and players were present to advocate for the field replacement.
The School Board expressed support for the plan, including the recommendation from the superintendent that the district implement a turf replacement savings plan to assure that resources exist to maintain and replace the field in the future.