Major fundraising push for Roundhouse on the way

The major fundraising push targeting area community members and alumni for the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation will soon be on its way.

“We’re busting at the seams ready to get the full-fledged fundraising going,” said Gary Schaudt, one of the co-chairs of the campaign, along with Cynthia Ragland and Heather VanBuren.

So far, the fundraising has been behind the scenes with major donors and filling out grant applications.

“We’re very positive with the responses we’ve had,” Schaudt said.

The fundraising campaign is seeking to raise $3.85 million by April 2014. It would pay for the auxiliary gym and wrestling room on the project. An additional $9.1 million in school district funds will pay for the major renovation work of the Roundhouse. The schedule for the project is expected to become more clear in the next year.

A new logo has been designed by local artist Missy Sharer to use for the promotion of the campaign. Sharer worked with Ragland and VanBuren on the logo.

“I think they did a great job,” Schaudt said.

Schaudt did not want to say the figure they have raised yet as many of the numbers are unconfirmed. He did say they are off to a good start.

“We’re optimistic with the feedback we’re receiving,” Schaudt said.

The renovation of the Roundhouse is important for the school district and the community as a whole, Schaudt said.

“We had a facility that was state-of-the-art throughout the state back in 1965,” Schaudt said. “We’re overdue to get it back and create the pride in the community.”

Schaudt also wanted to stress that the Roundhouse serves as the face of the school and community. It’s in the best interest of the community to upgrade it, he said.

“It’s much more than an athletic facility,” he said.