CLEARFIELD -- Two new sports turf fields and two polyurethane tracks, at a combined cost of $3 million, are under construction at Davis High School and Clearfield High School in preparation for the 2012-2013 school year.
The Davis High School project, which consists of an eight-lane polyurethane track, relocating the stands, and a multiuse Sports Turf field, comes at a cost of $1.8 million to the Davis School District, Davis School District Community Relations Director Chris Williams said.
The project at Clearfield High, which includes the field and a seven-lane resurfaced track, will cost $1.2 million, Williams said.
The track at Davis High School will include an additional lane to play host to regional track and field competitions for the district, Williams said.
The Davis High project's cost is also higher because the additional track lane forces the school to relocate its stands, he said.
Both projects are being funded with the $250 million bond voters approved in 2009.
The fields are two years behind voters approving funding for the work, because the district doesn't call on all of its available bond money at once, in order to keep tax rates stable. Generally, the work is done in $50 million increments, and because the district has been busy building and renovating schools for the past two years, Williams said.
But once the projects are complete, field maintenance will be reduced, while extending the life of the field, Williams said.
"The Sports Turf (fields) don't get the wear and tear the natural grass (fields do)," he said.
The fields don't have to be cut, but do have to be regularly combed to keep their shape.
The fields also have to be watered during warmer weather prior to an event to keep the field temperature cool, Williams said.
In addition to being used for football, the new fields will be used by the schools for soccer and lacrosse teams, he said.
"It turns into a multipurpose facility," Williams said.
The Davis School Board approved the two projects Feb. 21, but earth work did not begin on the projects until last Friday, to wait until the completion of the track season, officials said.
Clearfield High Assistant Principal Casey Layton said school staff and students are extremely excited about the new field facility.
"The timing of all of this is perfect," Layton said of Clearfield High receiving the new field the same year its new football coach will make his debut.
The school in December hired football coach Will Hawes.
Where the football field is so visible from the freeway, Layton said, it is important that it's pleasing to the community. To help distinguish that, he said, an identifiable Clearfield High "Falcon" logo is expected to be part of the field design.