Gift of grain to benefit Bayard track replacement

Bayard Public Schools has received a recent "gift of grain" from Mr. Gerald Thompson and Mrs. Jeannette Thompson toward the replacement of the Track and Field Facilities at the Sports Complex at Bayard High School.

The Thompson family 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.
Mr. Thompson and Mrs. Thompson are both long time employees of the Bayard Public Schools and supporters of regional students and athletes.
After making the gift of grain, Mr. Thompson indicated that, "This track has been a real benefit to the entire Western Nebraska community." Mr. Thompson went on to indicate, "The memories of a lot of people qualifying for the State Track Meet through competition at Bayard will always be around. This is a very worthy project."

The Bayard Public School District 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.

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 recreation activities. Countless regional athletes have participated in track meets hosted at the sports complex, with the Bayard BCD track meet being the most well-known of these events.
Because of cuts to state aide 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 to help complete the demolition of the track which is anticipated to represent a considerable cost savings. Additionally, the members of a fund advisory committee have been writing for grants to help fund the project.

In early efforts of the capital campaign, the committee has found great receptiveness to the idea of a private/public partnership with several individuals and area businesses indicating an interest in providing support for this important health and sports project.

It is hoped that regional community members, alumni, and area businesses and organizations will continue to join in the efforts to help replace this important school and community facility.

Anyone who is interested in contributing to this project can contact Bayard Public Schools at 308-586-1325 for additional information. Anyone interested in making a gift of grain in support of the project can contact Mr. Gerald Thompson at 308-483-5765.

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