Anna-Jonesboro High School Seeking to Use $900K in COVID Relief Towards Turf Football Field

Anna-Jonesboro High School Seeking to Use $900K in COVID Relief Towards Turf Football Field

ANNA, Ill. (AP) — A high school in southern Illinois wants to use nearly $900,000 in federal COVID-19 cash for artificial turf at the football field and a new track surface.

Some members of the Anna-Jonesboro High School Board said the turf would be used for gym classes, not just sports, and boost morale in the Union County community.

According to The Southern Illinoisan, the Illinois State Board of Education is reviewing the grant application. A parent, Paula Brue-Hasty, said there are more pressing needs at the high school, including mental health services and a leaky roof over the art room.

Superintendent Rob Wright said it’s “natural that some people disagree.”

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