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Artificial Turf Fields Make Texas School District MONEY

In six years, the Shotwell stadium has generated more than $730,000 in net revenue for the district.

Dowell said the stadium’s artificial turf, which is six years old, has allowed the stadium to host more games in a season and, in turn, make more money. He also said some of the designated money set aside for the stadium each year eventually will be used to replace the turf.

But you wouldn’t know that from attending the board’s regular meeting Monday evening. The board accepted the Shotwell financial report and approved additional designation of the fund balance for Shotwell Stadium improvements and construction without any discussion.

The report, which can be found on the district’s Web site, shows the revenues and expenditures of the stadium from the past year and in comparison with each year since 2002-2003. http://www.abileneisd.org/

In those six years, the stadium has generated more than $730,000 in net revenue for the district.

Keith Dowell, chief financial officer for AISD, said the excess revenues are put back into the fund balance, but designated for future use at Shotwell.

“For six years we ask (the board) to designate excess revenues over expenditures for future Shotwell improvements,” Dowell said.

The stadium makes most of its revenues from gate receipts and concessions. The majority of its expenditures come from payroll costs, game guarantees, maintenance and supplies.

In the previous school year, the stadium made just less than $50,000 in net revenues.

Dowell said the stadium’s artificial turf, which is six years old, has allowed the stadium to host more games in a season and, in turn, make more money. He also said some of the designated money set aside for the stadium each year eventually will be used to replace the turf.

But because replacing the turf will not require the preparation work that was required six years ago, Dowell said the cost of the new turf should be less than to initially install it.

Also on the agenda, the board discussed updated construction costs for the Woodson Center for Excellence building. Gary Pullin, an architect from the Tittle-Luther Partnership, said the work needed at the building exceeds the amount budgeted from the 2004 bond election.

The district has more than $900,000 available for upgrades, but Pullin said the building needs $1.8 million to $2.1 million in upgrades now.

The board took no action in its consideration of the information presented by Pullin, who said the main upgrades would be to heating and air-conditioning units, electrical upgrades, ceilings, lighting and the fire alarm system.

More construction items on the agenda included accepting proposals for annual concrete services and procuring a contract for minor roof repair projects.

Joe Humphrey, construction coordinator for the district, said having a contract with a company for minor concrete and roofing work would save the district time and keep it from taking bids on small jobs.

The board approved the school calendar for the 2009-2010 school year. The final day of school will be June 2 and school will begin Aug. 24. The board had some discussion about whether to have Memorial Day off. However, the board voted to have Memorial Day as a school holiday.

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Shotwell scores significant revenue in AISD finance report
http://www.reporternews.com/news/2008/nov/24/shotwell-scores-high-in-aisd-finance-report/

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