The turf project at the Dallastown Area school district has almost reached its first large goal of $500,000.

The money is being raised by the district's education foundation, which is sponsoring the turf project separate from any district funds.

The foundation needs to raise $500,000 before the board will officially enlist a contractor for the project, which is slated to begin after graduation this year.

School board member John Hartman gave an update at Wednesday's school board meeting on the funds raised so far. So far, the foundation has raised a total of $491,697.

Hartman said that amount includes pledges. The total amount of cash in hand is $385,696.

Among other initiatives, Hartman said a large fundraising project will be the Turf Madness event, to be held Saturday, March 29, at Heritage Hills Athletic Club.

The foundation will still need to raise funds for the entire project, which is estimated to be $814,174.

Board president Kenneth "Butch" Potter said he had heard additional donations were still coming in, to the tune of about $30,000.

Business manager Donna Devlin said she was keeping track of those, but those figures haven't officially been added to the total funds raised.

The foundation has until May 1 to raise $500,000 in order for the board to approve a contract with A-turf and allow the project to begin.

The turf field will have a 12-year warranty with a concussion pad underneath as an added safety feature.

— Reach Nikelle Snader at nsnader@yorkdispatch.com.