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Wichita avoided artificial turf mess

The Wichita school district avoided a costly mess with its artificial turf. Districts throughout the state that used a faulty turf have struggled to get the vendor, FieldTurf, to honor its warranty, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported. USD 259 didn’t use this company and hasn’t had turf problems, said district spokeswoman Wendy Johnson. However, Andover was one of the districts that had problems and ended up paying about $277,000 to replace its turf last spring. Some districts have paid more, others less. Pittsburg USD 250 got the company to replace the turf for free, but it wasn’t easy. “It took us a long time to get them to agree to replace it,” superintendent Destry Brown told the Capital-Journal. “Well over a year. We had attorneys involved.” – Phillip Brownlee