Newsletter May 2018

Bulldog Highlights Hello, Bulldogs! I want to offer my congratulations to Doug Martin on being named the Decades of Ex- cellence Crystal Bell Teacher of the Year in the Le Mars Community School District for 2018. Mr. Martin has been a teacher in the Le Mars Community School District since the start of the 2001-2002 school year. Members of the Foundation Board, high school student body, staff, administration, along with his family and those nominating him, sur- prised Mr. Martin with the announcement during an assembly at the high school. Mr. Martin was honored at the annual Le Mars Community School District Foundation Banquet held on April 25, 2018. The Decades of Excellence Crystal Bell Award is co- sponsored by the Le Mars Community Schools Foundation and the LCHS Alumni As- sociation. Both the Foundation and the Alumni Association are outstanding supporters of the Le Mars Community School District. On another bright note, the Le Mars Community School District has been working hard for our stadium renovation project . The stadium renovation project, which will start af- ter the last 2018 football game and is scheduled to be completed August of 2019, in- volves replacing the existing grass football field with turf, track, replacing bleachers and team meeting rooms under the bleachers, press box, new lighting, visitor’s bleachers, northwest ticket booth, scoreboard, and fencing. The current stadium was built in 1959. The football field currently has approximately 3-5 games per week for 8 weeks played on it and is very rough. Artificial turf will serve our students well by providing a sound playing field that is used a great deal. The main bleachers used to house a full locker room underneath, and continues to decay beyond its usefulness. The track was asphalt- ed in 1987 and has been resurfaced periodically; however, it is to the point that it will soon need a new base and surface. The district will bond against our SAVE funds, which is a funding stream coming from the statewide $0.01 sales tax. SAVE funds are to be used for infrastructure purposes and cannot be used for instructional costs, such as salaries or instructional supplies. The district will be evaluating the usage of these funds to help finance this project, based up- on the total amount of dollars raised during the capital campaign. One of the great ben- efits of utilizing SAVE dollars is that the district will not need to seek increased property taxes to improve, repair, or replace infrastructure. These funds also help make building and grounds repairs, purchase computers, and purchase transportation, to name a few. SAVE is a great and necessary infrastructure funding source for schools. Additionally, the district received an extremely generous donation of $2,000,000 to help “…create a showcase stadium.” I would like to thank this donor and the Le Mars Community School Foundation for leading the capital campaign to raise funds for this project. The Foundation will make information available regarding the upcoming capital campaign and how you can help the district achieve this stadium renovation goal. This is a great project for the Le Mars community, and we appreciate all of the support we are receiv- ing! As another school year draws to a close, I would also like to thank everyone who works to improve the lives of our students. Le Mars Community is a great place and we are thankful for all you do. Have a great summer! Thursday, August 2nd 11:00 AM TO 7:00 PM Friday, August 3rd 7:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

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