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December 8, 2010 by wcobserver

Fundraising and Donations to Fund Facility

By Susan McCarthy

Greenland- Fundraising will swing into high gear to build a new Athletic Field House after the Greenland School Board gave its approval Nov. 17 to move forward with the project.  The estimated $150,000 project will be fully funded through donations and a number of planned fundraisers and will not cost the school district any funds said Superintendent Dr. Charles Cudney.

Cudney said that about $11,000 has already been raised for the new field house which will house a weight room, a locker room, concessions, a laundry room and restrooms.  Athletic Director Lee Larkan said the field house would be located where the existing concessions are now, at the east end of the football field.  The school board approved the hiring of Key Architecture, Inc. who has completed preliminary drawings of the 6000-square foot facility.  Larkan said the architect was engaged last fall when the school was still under state control, but under the agreement they would be paid only if the project was approved and funded.

School Board Member Dan Marzoni expressed concern about paying for the field house’s upkeep, utilities and sewer, “I’m concerned about taking on another facility when we’re having a difficult time maintaining a gym.”

The athletic weight room, locker room and athletic offices are currently housed in the school’s gym basement.  “We’ll have to go into the basement and do some significant work,” said Cudney.  He also remarked, “It’s an exciting motivator for our programs.  I don’t think this will be a financial burden compared to what we’ll have to do in the old building.”

Fundraising efforts will include the sale of advertising space on field signs at Jonathan Ramey Stadium.  Advertising space on a four foot square will cost $2000, payable in four annual installments of $500.  Bricks that will be placed on the front wall of the field house will also be sold for $250 each and will feature the donor’s name.  A fundraiser is also being planned in January according to School Board Member Paula Schoonover.

Larkan stated that some members of the community have already offered their services to assist with labor to help lower construction costs.  Larkan he hopes the athletic field house can be built as soon as possible, “Before next year would be a great time…as soon as possible.”

In other school board news:

Board members discussed the cell tower lease currently near the ball fields on land it leases from the City of Greenland.  Cudney said the Smith 2-Way Radio is planning an expansion that would require additional 15-feet of fence space to house additional equipment.  The contract would provide for payment of an additional $300 to the $550 that is paid each month.  Cudney said the cell tower lease monies are currently received by the school district, but the district would need to speak to the city about the division of any additional funds.

Superintendent Dr. Charles Cudney proposed a series of meetings to ground new board between now and Jan. 20.  These would include a review of the district’s budget, curriculum and instruction, board policies, transportation and campus tours of both the Greenland School District and the buildings owned in Winslow.

School Resource Officer Michael Hubert received approval to move forward with raising funds for a memorial for Lance Corporal Richard Penny who was killed May 6 in Afghanistan.  Hubert said the memorial will include a glass presentation case that would be displayed on school grounds and a stone at the Greenland Post Office and hoped to raise at least $900.  The “Richard Penny Memorial c/o of Michael Hubert account has been set up at Arvest Bank to accept donations.  Hubert said close to $400 had already been donated.

Middle School Counselor Linda Shulte introduced board members to a new disciplinary program that has been rolled out at the middle school.  The program allows teachers  to refer a student that consistently makes excessive disruptions in class to the program which sets goals and tracks student behavior through a daily log.  Shute said she has four students currently in the program.

Jeff Gattis from Nabholz Construction explained that the high school’s roof project is about a week and a half ahead of schedule and expects both the roof and HVAC projects to be complete by the end of January.  He said the scope of work will also include cleaning the school’s existing duct work which is 20-25 years old and repairing a substantial leak in Ms. Wilson’s classroom.

Rick  Gayles reported that the district’s new website is “up and running.”  He said school board members would be posted on the site.

The school board approved the transfer of two students to Greenland from Elkins.

The next school board meeting will be held in the former Winslow High School in Winslow on Dec. 16 at 5 p.m.

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