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|FIRST ON WGIL: Major Donation Gets KHS Track Project Closer to Reality
|FIRST REPORTED 10/2/11 The Knoxville School District just got very close to hitting its goal for money being raised for its new all-weather track and sports complex.
District-202 Superintendent Steve Wilder says Tompkins State Bank Friday night formally donated $30,000 to the new track and football field to be located near the site of the current Knoxville Junior High School.
Wilder says that puts the district, close to a $200,000 public goal for the project, and tells WGIL it's indicative of all the support the district has received since the district decided to finally go ahead with the work.
"It's something that the community's wanted for a long time," Wilder said. "It's been a community effort from the very beginning. We're very fortunate that because of that level of interest, we've had people -- individuals, groups, and corporate donors -- step up and want to help us out. So, we're excited about that."
Former Knoxville School Board member Shane Larson is lending engineering skills to the project, and tells WGIL it's been a longtime dream for him, too, since he first went on the board in 2001.
"At the time, the money wasn't there," Larson said. "I give Mr. Wilder and Mr. [School Board president Bob] Bogard a lot of credit. And, with the City Council and having the right mayor, the stars kind of all aligned at the right moment."
Larson says installation of lighting and pouring of a rubberized surface for the track are expected to happen yet this month, with completion expected by the end of the month. Building construction could happen over the winter.
|10 01 11 by Newsroom
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