Big announcement planned on Roundhouse renovation

Gary Schaudt is pretty tight-lipped when it comes to talking about a secret big announcement on the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation.

He wants the public to show up and find out Tuesday night.

Schaudt, a renovation fundraising co-chair, is welcoming the public to the 5:30 p.m. announcement at the Roundhouse.

“It’s just something to get the true fundraising up and off the ground and running,” Schaudt said. “We’ll use this ceremony as our spark to get things going.”

The night will also feature a special guest, who is being kept under wraps.

“It’s a nice guest of honor,” Schaudt said.

MHS Principal Aiddy Phomvisay will serve as master of ceremonies at the event and the school’s pep band will perform.

“It’s going to be a real nice event, and we want the community to come out,” Phomvisay said.

The principal said the project affects more than just the athletes and fans at MHS.

“The renovation of the Roundhouse is much more than the renovation of a gym, it’s about building community vitality,” Phomvisay said. “It’s a focal point in our district.”

Phomvisay said he has been pleased with the volunteer work of Schaudt and his other fundraising co-chairs, Heather VanBuren and Cynthia Ragland.

Following the surprise announcement, there will also be tours of the Roundhouse for the public.

“I think people will get a better idea of the need for the project after their tour the Roundhouse,” 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 at MHS. An additional $9.1 million in school district funds will pay for the major renovation work of the Roundhouse. Tuesday night’s event is free and open to the public.