Bucks for Bleachers campaign launches


AARON MAY, Sheboygan Falls High School associate principal and athletic director (right), looks on as Sheboygan Falls School Board President John Mauer (center), presents the first donation for Bucks for Bleachers to Brian Beck (left), president of the Sheboygan Falls Schools Foundation. Mauer has volunteered to head a committee of interested community members who would like to help raise money for new bleachers at the SFHS football field and track. For more information, contact John Mauer at jmauer@sheboyganfalls.k12.wi.us - Submitted photo AARON MAY, Sheboygan Falls High School associate principal and athletic director (right), looks on as Sheboygan Falls School Board President John Mauer (center), presents the first donation for Bucks for Bleachers to Brian Beck (left), president of the Sheboygan Falls Schools Foundation. Mauer has volunteered to head a committee of interested community members who would like to help raise money for new bleachers at the SFHS football field and track. For more information, contact John Mauer at jmauer@sheboyganfalls.k12.wi.us - Submitted photo To the Editor:

As many of you know, the bleachers on the west and east sides of the Sheboygan Falls High School football field have been permanently removed.

This was done as a matter of safety for spectators at football and track events, as well as other civic functions.

Many of the bleachers removed were nearing 50 years in age and had become a serious liability for the district. You may recall that the 2013 referendum included money specifically designated for new bleachers.

Following the failure of that referendum, the monies were pulled out of the 2014 referendum in an effort to reduce the overall cost of that proposal.

Our district is currently renting bleachers for home football games, with this year’s cost set at $7,500. While this helps us temporarily, it cannot be considered a long-term solution.

So the question becomes, how do we pay for the new bleachers?

The first place many people look to is the Athletic Booster Club. The Booster Club has done an incredible job over many years in assisting the district with equipment and facilities needs.

However, it cannot be stretched any farther and another method needs to be found to fund this project. The district’s operating budget is not equipped to handle such an expense at this time either and likely will not be in the future.

As a result of these economic circumstances, a Bucks for Bleachers Committee has been formed. This committee is not an activity of or sponsored by the Board of Education in any way.

This effort has been initiated by community residents who feel this a worthwhile project the entire community can get behind and support.

This is our school in our community and we need to decide if it is important for us to have adequate, safe facilities for our fans, as well as visitors.

The Bucks for Bleachers Committee has asked the Sheboygan Falls Schools Foundation to act as the depository for any contributions received.

If you would like to contribute by check, please make your check out to Sheboygan Falls Schools Foundation and mail it to: 220 Amherst Avenue; Sheboygan Falls, WI 53085.

Please mark on your memo line the notation “Bucks for Bleachers.” All contributions made through the foundation are eligible as a tax deductible contribution and you will be supplied a letter which you may use for tax purposes if you’d like.

The foundation will create a separate fund in order keep a clear accounting of any monies received. Our goal is to raise $250,000. While we realize this is a significant amount of money, it is vital we get started now and not waste valuable time.

Thank you for your consideration of this important project.

Bucks for Bleachers
Committee


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