Dave Martin, chair of the facilities committee on the F-M school board, addressed the widely held concern that the field would only be used and enjoyed by a small number of high school athletes. Martin said that in addition to F-M varsity field hockey, lacrosse, baseball, soccer and football games, the turf field would be used for youth soccer and lacrosse, as well as Pop-Warner football.
Rich Roy, director of athletics, said that 60 percent of F-M high school students play at least one sport, and 44 percent are on teams that would use the artificial turf field. Roy also noted that all high school students would use the field during physical education classes, which had been a hot-button question at the previous meeting.
While the size of the audience was smaller than the Jan. 7 meeting, there were more residents present at the meeting that were in support of the project than there were against. The board passed the referendum and scheduled the public vote for March 5.
The F-M School Board will meet again on Monday Jan. 28.