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Turf Field Construction to Kick Off at High School

Montville company to donate artificial turf field to high school in exchange for naming rights.

A year-and-a-half after voters rejected a referendum for the school district to fund the project, Montville Township High School will soon have an artificial turf field thanks to a donation from a local company.

Montville Township Public Schools Business Administrator Jim Tevis said contractors will be meeting within a few weeks to officially kick off construction on the project. While Tevis did not have an exact timeline for when the turf field would be complete, as much of the work depends on the weather, he said the project is moving ahead. 

"We'd love to see it done by the end of the school year," he said.

The turf field is being made possible through a donation from Applied Landscape Technologies, a Montville-based landscaping company. Applied purchased naming rights to the high school field after the board of education voted to approve the initiative in hopes it would help support the turf project.

Tevis said he was unsure how much the artificial turf field would cost.

"All we care about is they're building us a turf field to our specifications," he said.

As part of the naming rights, Applied will have the company name painted on medallions on the sidelines of non-playing portions of the field, Tevis said. During the construction kickoff meetings, Tevis said it will also be discussed whether the field will be lined for all sports.

"We're not quite that far ahead yet. We just want to finish the design," he said.

School board President Dr. Karen Cortellino said the board is excited to see the project moving ahead.

"The children of the district needed this field and we were happy to find a way to creatively achieve this goal at no cost to the taxpayer," she said. "We thank the contributors who are making this project possible."

A representative from Montville Turf the Valley, the non-profit organization that sought to raise money to turf the field, was not available for comment.

Gary Lewis January 28, 2013 at 01:30 PM
I'm just grateful the Board is going ahead with the turf in spite of this display of zero class and ignorance. I hope you feel better now having trashed our student athletes. I was fortunate enough to watch a few football practices this past season....'spoiled brats' would not be the first descriptive that comes to my mind. Be a man and use your real name.....better yet, if the shoe fits.... Gary Lewis
Comfortably Numb January 28, 2013 at 06:46 PM
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George Drexl January 29, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Well said LL. It is such a shame that simple minded individuals like "Numb" feel the overwhelming need to prove to the world how sad and clueless they are. Unfortunately by "Numb's" response to my earlier comment, I probably know this imbecile and I feel less intelligent because of it. You and all the other athletes, musicians, etc. keep up your hard work and enjoy the new field.....all of you deserve it.
Angelo Harasts February 02, 2013 at 07:34 PM
I think the community is not focused on the real issue. The programs the High Schools offers Athletically do not prepare the kids to succeed. A quality program will always do well with or without a turf field, in any weather, with or without a track, year after year. The programs should be building confidence in our youth and teaching them they can do and achieve anything if they want to work hard. This will benefit them athletically, and in the classroom. and more importantly after High School. I have seen this happen in other disctricts with very special coaches and programs.
David May 09, 2013 at 06:09 PM
There are a lot of happy parents, educators, and kids in Montville who can take pride in their beautiful new turf field, ourdeep gratitude to those who cared enough to make this happen. To all our well wishers, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Dr. David Tutone and Grace Alcoreza-Tutone

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