2011-09-24 / News

Camper drawing ticket sales are strong

By Scott Rawdon

HEBRON – Lakewood Athletic Director Bo Hansen said he sold a camper drawing ticket to a person in Mesa, Arizona.

“I was floored,” he said, adding that the person learned about the drawing on Facebook. Hansen proposed a drawing for a $20,000 travel trailer to raise the money needed to transport student athletes to and from away games after Lakewood School Board members tasked Hansen and a committee to find alternatives to charging students for athletic transportation.

The winner will be announced at the Athletic Boosters Night at the Races event Dec. 3. Tickets cost $20 each with the goal being to raise enough money to purchase the camper, cover transportation costs to all athletic events, and repay the $20,000 it gave toward athletic department expenses.

In total, Hansen hopes to raise roughly $ 60,000 through the drawing – so far, so good. “People have been really receptive to it,” he said. Hansen didn’t have exact sales numbers because all student athletes, and faculty and administration members are selling tickets and there’s no way to know how many each has sold. He said he’d know more when the tickets and sales revenue are collected by Thanksgiving. “That gives us a week to pick up the stragglers” before the Dec. 3 drawing, said Hansen.

One of Hansen’s goals is to be sure that students are selling individual tickets to others and not just turning in a $100 check from their parents. “It’s been good,” he said, adding that there are still tickets to be sold and a lot of work to do before the drawing. “Some of the kids need a push.” He wanted to make sure all ticket buyers understand that the grand prize includes the trailer, associated taxes, and even a tow package for vehicles that need it. “It’s the whole spiel,” said Hansen.

Lakewood Athletic Booster President Mark Nichols said roughly two-thirds of the tickets are out. We’ve had very good participation from Lakewood athletes in all sports who were asked to sell five tickets each. “It’s starting to work out,” he said. “Things are working pretty well.”

Nichols said tickets are available from any Lakewood athlete, at all home football games and him. Anyone wanting a ticket may call him at (740) 973-7506.

In other Lakewood news:

• Lakewood parent Melissa Vaubel told school board members during the board’s Sept. 14 meeting that she’s working on raising funds for a new baseball field concession stand. She said a raccoon chewed through the existing stand’s wall and ate candy, chips, and other supplies, damaging it to the point of replacement. Vaubel said she’s asking for donations from senior class alumni and corporate sponsors, not all individuals.

Board President Judy White applauded Vaubel for her efforts, but said Vaubel needs the full endorsement of the boosters before proceeding with the plans, and she may want to hold off asking for donations from anyone until after the Dec. 3 drawing for the camper. “There’s a whole myriad of issues,” said White. “There are many things to be considered. You’ve made a good start.”

Nichols told the board he thought the existing concession stand could last another year with some repairs.

Vaubel said she has all the plans and permits necessary for the new concession stand.

White reiterated that Vaubel just needs the full support of the boosters before moving further on the project. “All things come through them, it has to,” she said. White said the district has no money to contribute to the new concession stand. She suggested Vaubel meet with the Lakewood Facilities Committee and go from there.

“To me, that’s the way to go,” said board member Rob Large, who thought working with the committee would help Vaubel with the project.

Superintendent Jay Gault said Tuesday that once the stand is built, it becomes the district’s liability and there are specific building codes for school buildings. As long as all the codes are met, a new concession stand would certainly be welcomed. “I think everyone’s on board with it,” said Gault.

• Gault said the federal government has changed the rules for graduation, and not in the school district’s favor. He said historically any student who graduates from a school district is counted as a graduate, even if it takes that student five years or longer to graduate. Under the new regulations, a student must graduate in four years or less, or be considered a dropout.

Gault emphasized that the new regulation does not affect the individual student – he or she still has a valid diploma no matter how long it takes to earn it. It’s just that when the government calculates the district’s graduation rate, anyone who takes longer than four years to graduate (the student can take summer courses directly following the fourth year if necessary, but not beyond that) will not add to the district’s rate, but would actually take away from it.

“The bottom line is, they want them to graduate in four years or less,” said Gault. Reason being, he said when the federal government is creating statistics there is currently no way to keep track of students who move out of state, so the feds are creating a standardized graduation rate nationwide.

• Treasurer Glenna Plaisted said outstanding delinquent prop- erty taxes are on the rise. She said the district’s tax revenue is down roughly $400,000 from where it was expected to be.

Gault said Lakewood isn’t the only district suffering from this dilemma. “It’s county-wide,” he said.

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