2008-07-26 / Editorials & Letters

Campaign for new track at Millersport started

Editor:

I am writing to let people in the Millersport Walnut Township area know about our efforts to renovate the track at Millersport High School. Though I've retired after 36 years of teaching, I continue to coach track and field for the Lakers. Coaching the past 37 years has been a privilege and one I continue to enjoy. Our trophy case and record books are full of reminders of our teams' stellar efforts. We have much to be proud of and thankful for.

We are presently in the process of trying to fund renovations for our outdoor athletic complex. The initial goal of our upgrade is the addition of an 8-lane all weather track with security fence. Other funding efforts will eventually allow for new stadium lighting, restroom and concession facilities, and possibly new turf for the football field. The track renovation is presently our main focus and will cost an estimated $450,000.

We have many volunteer efforts underway to help accomplish our goals. Funding grants are being applied for, donations from local residents, alumni, businesses and organizations are being accepted, and the Board of Education is considering the placement of a bond issue on the November ballot to assist with the funding of the overall project.

Before 1985, Millersport High School had no track and all meets were 'away.' Then, thanks to individual contributors and donations, a crushed limestone track was built. Though the limestone track served us well in the 80's and 90's, non-synthetic track surfaces have become obsolete and in some cases no longer safe. With an all weather track, we will be able to host the Mid-State League meet as well as invitationals, relay meets and home meets. We also intend for our new track to be utilized by the entire community. Nearly all the schools in our area have this type of facility and have benefited greatly from them.

I have personally contacted 400 of my former track athletes to ask for their help and financial support and they have already begun to respond.

We are also aware that many Beacon readers are former Lakers or have family members and friends competing on our teams. Others have proven to be generous whenever there is an opportunity to invest in student athletes. The bottom line is that donations of any size would be a tremendous help in our efforts to make this project a reality.

If you would like to contribute, we would be grateful. Tax deductible checks or money orders can be made out to Millersport Athletic Boosters, with "Track Renovation" written on the memo line and mailed to: Track Renovation c/o Ken Keener, 11850 Lancaster St., Millersport, OH 43046. If these fund raising efforts are indeed successful, we may be able to ask the Board of Education to withdraw the bond levy from the November ballot. Thank you for your consideration. Coach Ken Keener Walnut Township

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