Oxford district’s AstroTurf could cost some their homes

OXFORD, Mich. – Oxford Public Schools has until Sept. 1 to come up with $300,000 to pay for its new football field turf, according to The Oakland Press. If the district doesn’t come up with the money, several community members could lose their homes.

In 2010, voters rejected a proposed bond to pay for the field, according to The Press. Instead, the district took out a $400,000 loan, and five community members put their homes up as collateral.

So far, $100,000 has been raised, according to the Oakland Press.

“It’s not typical, but given the circumstances we didn’t want the kids to have to start the school year without the field, so we came up with a creative solution,” Rich Jordan,  vice president of sales and marketing for AstroTurf LLC, told The Press.

SOURCE: The Oakland Press, “Oxford families hope community can pull together to pay off blue turf field,” Aug. 20, 2012
FURTHER READING: Michigan Capitol Confidential, “Oxford Schools: Saving Money and Improving Service," June. 11, 2010