East Marshall board awards fieldhouse contract

LE GRAND – The latest addition to the East Marshall sports complex is one step closer to fruition.

This week, the East Marshall School Board awarded the contract for the construction of an athletic fieldhouse to Tim Long Construction, of Le Grand.

The scope of work includes new locker rooms for home and visiting teams, restrooms and a mechanical and storage room. The project is due for completion in August before the first football game.

“All of us appreciate the terrific amount of work that the community has gone through with fundraising and donations given just to get this fieldhouse project completed,” said East Marshall School Superintendent Dianne Anderson. “This community really wants to take the sports complex and make it the best they can for the kids and the community.”

Not including contingencies, the project will cost approximately $280,000.

Donations raised by the Fieldhouse Community Committee and East Marshall Booster Club will finance the majority of the cost. A portion will be paid using district funds.

At a recent school board meeting, district business manager Randy Denham noted the fieldhouse might supplant other facility needs if the district finances a portion of the project, according to meeting minutes.

Anderson said she researched the issue with the East Marshall’s building and grounds director. She said a project to replace windows at the elementary school building in Laurel will be postponed without problem to provide the necessary dollars for the fieldhouse.

The East Marshall sports complex saw a host of improvements in recent years: a new scoreboard, all-weather track, flagpole, field lights and home bleachers.

The addition of a fieldhouse would provide home and visiting athletes a place to gather during recess periods at sporting events.

Individuals from the booster club and community committee raised over $231,000 in support of the project. That includes proceeds from several fundraisers, grants (including a $70,000 grant from the Martha-Ellen Tye Foundation) and private donations.

Anderson said the committee is continuing to raise dollars to revamp the complex’s concession stand.