Haddonfield BOE to Remove Football Turf-Field Funding from Bancroft Purchase
The inclusion of turf funding has drawn public criticism.
Haddonfield Board of Education President Steve Weinstein said Monday that $800,000 for the installation of artificial turf at the high school football stadium will likely be taken out of the $16.8 million bond referendum for the Bancroft property purchase.
The funds will be removed because a private-public initiative to turf the field has raised $600,000. The BOE and the borough agreed over the summer to pay the balance of just more than $1 million needed to install turf at the stadium, and an adjacent practice field, if the private fundraising reached its goal. It exceeded its goal by $100,000.
The Bancroft purchase will still likely contain $1 million for an additional artificial turf field, Weinstein said. The construction of the additional field is part of the plan to acquire and develop the 19-acre property at 425 Kings Highway East, adjacent to Haddonfield Memorial High School.
The BOE will discuss the Bancroft purchase in a special meeting Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at the high school library. The inclusion of any turf-field funding has drawn public criticism, even from some who support the purchase.
"The other field will be part of the discussion in the language presented," Weinstein said. "There may be some sentiment to remove it."
Haddonfield United, a local Facebook-based group, has announced a campaign against the purchase. A Patch story on the group's effort tallied more than 100 comments last week.
Weinstein said the bond referendum could be reduced further by the inclusion of an estimated $3.5 million in state, county and municipal grant and open-space tax-fund money. But that total may not be confirmed by the Dec. 13 deadline to finalize the language for the referendum, which will be held on Jan. 22.