Somerset Elementary Wants to Raise Funds for Artificial Turf
Somerset Elementary School is taking its poor field issues into its own hands hoping to raise more than a half million dollars to install an artificial turf at the school in Chevy Chase.
The Montgomery County Board of Education is expected to vote today on whether to allow the group called the Somerset Elementary School Education Foundation Inc. to raise the money to pay for the artificial turf. The Foundation’s mission is to fund capital and technological improvements to the school building and grounds, promote academic achievement, and extend the school’s relationship to the wider community.
“It would be great for thekids. There would be less dust and dirt. And it would be great for the [Bethesda-Chevy Chase] High school and different elementary schools,” said Somerset Principal Kelly Morris.
According to a memo from Interim Superintendent Larry Bowers, the field is in bad shape due to a “lack of playing fields in this part of the county and the constant use of the field by the school and the community.”
The turf has an estimated cost of $550,000. The school’s PTA and Foundation have said it would take them about two years to raise that money, according to the memo.
It is unclear however, who would pay to maintain the artificial field.
The Somerset school has a student population of 575.