High school still watering real grass

Posted at: 06/10/2013 7:54 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The Las Cruces School District voted to put synthetic turf on its’ football field, so now just one division 5A high school in New Mexico has natural grass.

This football season, Alamogordo High School will be the only big division school in the state watering the grass.

We asked athletic director, Lawrence Johnson why they haven’t made room in the budget while the other schools have.

"It’s been in the works for a while, we just haven't been able to make it happen," said Johnson.

Over 38,000 gallons of water are used per week to water this football field and the school spends around $28,000 on field maintenance.  The rest of the budget is spent on other projects for the school.

"You prepare a list of things you can and can't do, a wish list.  These are things that you would like to do and at this point in time, it's one that we don't have high enough on our wish list to get it done yet,” said Johnson.

The Director of Support Services at Alamogordo Schools said the community can help make it happen.

“It can become a priority as people talk to school administrators, talk to school board members, and get the word out there,” he said. “Then in a future bond cycle or other means of capital outlay projects, a field like this can become a reality.”