SOUTHLAKE -- Officials from Southlake and the Carroll district are working together to coordinate how youth sports organizations use athletic fields.
Officials will analyze the space available at city and district facilities and determine how much space the associations need for practices and games.
Southlake-based youth organizations use facilities at school campuses as well as ones owned by the city. Previously, the city and school district allocated spaces separately, Derek Citty, Carroll's assistant superintendent for administrative services, told Carroll trustees Monday.
"They scheduled their stuff and we schedule our stuff and we don't do a good job of talking to each other," Citty said. "We are going to sit down and look at field usage by association. We are going to allocate these locations based on the number of kids they serve."
When on the field, coaches will be required to wear credentials that show they have been assigned that space at that time.
The changes affect only organized sports. Families and community members can continue to use the fields when they are available, Citty said.
Officials will soon begin meeting with leaders of youth sports groups to talk about how much field space they need.
In other business Monday, the board also agreed to go forward with installation of an irrigation well at Carroll Middle School, which opened in August. The $210,000 project will be covered by construction funds from a 2009 bond project. Well water will be used for lawns, flower beds and athletic fields, but municipal water will continue to be used for the school's drinking water.
Plans are to eventually install water wells at all campuses to save money on utility costs. A well was installed at the new Walnut Grove Elementary School over the summer.
On Nov. 1 Carroll is holding a town hall meeting to discuss efforts to address a budget shortfall.
Jessamy Brown, 817-390-7326