LE GRAND - Through the years, East Marshall High School has upgraded its athletic facilities, but one place has been left out of the work.
The running track at the school in Le Grand is still in need of being replaced and a local committee continues to work on fundraising for the project.
Le Grand resident Bob Berggren, the retired athletic director at the school, is leading the effort.
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A committee continues to work on getting a new track to the East Marshall High School athletic complex. There are hopes to raise enough money to get the track installed in 2015.
The group is already responsible for raising money for the new lights at the facility and has a goal to get a new track in by the spring of 2015, new locker rooms and concession stand by 2016 and new bleachers by 2017.
"We can't do it until we have the money," Berggren said.
For all the wishes to come true, the committee is putting together a five-year plan to raise $720,000.
"It's a big goal," Berggren said. "Any big goal doesn't seem so big if you can break it down into manageable parts."
Those "manageable parts" include a goal to raise $166,000 by Jan. 1, 2014 and $320,000 by Jan. 1, 2015. The committee already raised $65,000 for the new lights and survey work completed this year.
"We'll be looking to raise money from individuals, fundraisers and we welcome any ideas," Berggren said. "Our goal is to be visible in the community."
The committee recently met with East Marshall Superintendent Dianne Anderson and the school board to see if any district funds would be available for the project.
Anderson told the committee they are working on a building maintenance plan and won't know if funds are available until that plan is complete. The building maintenance plan addresses the replacement of roofs, carpet, windows and upkeep of existing buildings in the school district.
"The plan will indicate what we need in the next five years and how we're going to fund it," Anderson said.
Donations for the project can be sent care of the East Marshall Facilities Foundation Committee at the school district office at 225 South Elm St., Gilman, IA 50106.