OTCF check kicks off Bayard track fund

After reporting just Thursday that Bayard Public Schools had received a unique donation of grain to help with the replacement of the aged track at the High School, the district is reporting a partnership with the Oregon Trail Community Foundation to establish the Bayard Public Schools Support Fund. This fund has been established to receive tax-deductible contributions in support of the current and long-term betterment of the Bayard Public Schools system, including replacement of the track at the Bayard Public Schools Sports Complex.

The members of the Bayard Public Schools Support Fund are pleased to be the recipients of a grant in the amount of $2,500 from the Oregon Trail Community Foundation for the replacement of the track at the sports complex.

The Bayard Public Schools Support Fund is seeking support for a public/private partnership to replace the track and field facilities at the sports complex at Bayard High School.

The track at Bayard High School is approximately forty years old and is in a state of deterioration. Over the life of the all-weather track, three separate "top-coats" have been applied to extend the life of the track. Unfortunately, the asphalt base below these top-coats has deteriorated and top-coating the track is no longer a viable maintenance option. The cost of completing this project is expected to be approximately $450,000.

On Thursday, Gerald and Jeannette Thompson donated a truck load of grain toward the project. They made the gift of grain by delivering a truckload of wheat to Crossroads Coop in Gurley. The grain was then sold and proceeds from the sale were directed to a fund for replacement of the track.

The sports complex provides many educational and health benefits to students in physical education classes and also benefits members of the community who use the track for their own health, fitness, and recreational activities. Countless regional athletes have participated in track meets hosted at the sports complex, with the Bayard BCD track meet being the most recognizable of these events.
Because of cuts to state aid and limited district resources, the school is in need of financial assistance to make the replacement of the track at the sport complex possible. A fund has been established to provide an opportunity to secure the resources to replace the track and field facility.

Local community members have already committed to volunteering their assistance in the demolition of the track which is anticipated to represent a significant cost savings. Additionally, the members of a fund advisory committee have been applying for grants to help fund the project.

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