Roundhouse donations start rolling in

The major fundraising push for the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation has yet to get fully underway, but donations have been trickling in.

Earlier this week, the Assistance League of Marshalltown, represented by Jackie Mason, presented a $5,000 check to Gary Schaudt, fundraising co-chair, and MHS Activities Director Tim Bell.

Mason said many of the Assistance League members had children go through the school and know what the facility means to the community.

“They like the iconic aspect of the Roundhouse and what it means to Marshalltown,” Mason said.

Schaudt said it is very early in the process of fundraising, and they are planning a big kickoff event for April. So far, he’s been encouraged by the early support from the community, which includes the Assistance League donation.

“You can tell there’s just a ton of community excitement out there,” Schaudt said.

Bell is happy that the support is not just coming from the schools, but from the community.

“People are stepping up, and that gives you a good feeling of support in the community,” Bell said. “The community views this as a very significant project.”

The Roundhouse renovation has two phases – one $9.1 million phase being paid for by district funds and financing and one $3.7 million phase paid for by fundraising efforts. Bell said they are meeting with architects to put together more details on how the project will look.

“It’s starting to become more and more real,” he said.

Mason hopes this donation will lead to more fundraising support as the word gets out.

“You want to keep it in the forefront of people’s minds,” she said.

Donations for the project can be sent to P.O. Box 1562, Marshalltown, IA, 50158 with checks made out to Marshalltown Community School Foundation.