The artificial turf at the Kelly Walsh High School soccer field has been removed for replacement. The turf at Natrona County High School will also be replaced. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — The aging artificial turf surfaces at Kelly Walsh High School and Natrona County High School are in the process of being replaced as the school year winds down.

Crews have pulled up the worn turf material and bagged the underlying infill to be reused for the project, according to Natrona County School District Director of Public Relations Tanya Southerland.

During a meeting in January, the NCSD Board of Trustees authorized the school district to award the replacement contract to Field Turf USA Inc., which submitted a bid of $1,794,231 for the project.

The artificial turf at both schools was installed around a decade ago, said Steve Ellbogen, executive director of District Services for NCSD. The turf is tested every several years to determine if it is safe or if it needs to be replaced, he added.

Infill for the artificial turf at KWHS is bagged and will be reused on the replacement field. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City News)

The school district will use Major Maintenance Fund dollars to pay for the artificial turf replacement. The Wyoming School Facilities Division has approved NCSD’s use of Major Maintenance Fund dollars for the project, according to Jennings. The school board previously provided approval of the project in the NCSD Facility Plan.