After months of raising the required funds for a new turf field, the Dallastown Area Education Foundation has reached the goal required to start construction this summer.

The school board required the foundation to raise $500,000 before it would officially recognize a bid from A-turf, the company that will install the field. And a board motion in November required the foundation to raise that amount of money before May 1.

With fundraisers such as Turf Madness in March and a $20,000 donation from the American Legion, the foundation has $509,902 in hand, said school board member John Hartman, who represents the board at foundation meetings.

The field is expected to be complete before the fall athletic season, superintendent Ron Dyer said. Construction on the field will begin shortly after the Thursday, June 5 graduation ceremony.

Hartman said foundation members are taking a short breath before continuing fundraising efforts to raise the additional funds for the estimated $814,174 project.

Board president Kenneth "Butch" Potter said with the cash in hand, the work order for the field becomes effective immediately. A-turf submitted its bid for the project in November, but the bid was extended until May 1 to allow the foundation to raise enough money for the "trigger point" of $500,000.

The turf field will have a 12-year warranty with a concussion pad underneath as an added safety feature.

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