Auditorium fund grows by $64,900; Marietta High’s foundation preps for building’s upkeep
by Lindsay Field
January 16, 2013 12:00 AM | 1951 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MARIETTA — Slightly more than $64,000 in endowment funds have already been collected by the Marietta Schools Foundation for the Marietta High School auditorium that is still under construction.

During the Marietta City School Board’s one-hour meeting Tuesday night, members heard from Neil Barfield, the executive director of the foundation, for the first time since September on where the organization is with fundraising for the auditorium’s upkeep.

“In September, you asked us to create an endowment to help pay for operating costs of the auditorium,” Barfield reminded the board.

The auditorium is on tap to be completed by the end of January. It is being paid for with a $7 million bond approved by Marietta voters last spring.

Lembeck previously told Barfield that it could cost the district between $150,000 to $200,000 annually to maintain the facility.

“Last April (2012) we started making contacts to create some interest in this endowment,” he told board members in September, and presented them with a list of objects and spaces they could try and endow between 2012 and 2014.

To date, they have sold 44 seats at $1,000 each for $44,000 in donations and Ed Voyles Automotive paid $20,000 in endowments for the boys and girls dressing rooms, which were $10,000 each.

Barfield said the total endowment is $64,900.

Additional endowments include naming rights for the actual building, $1 million; auditorium, $500,000; grand hall, $250,000; concessions, $200,000; band room, choral room and dance room, $150,000 each; and stage, $100,000.

An individual’s name will be placed on each item endowed along with a plaque in the lobby of the new building.

In other business, the board unanimously approved:

* Disbursing $211,175 in charter funds to each school based on a $25 per pupil allotment. The amount is determined by the October 2012 enrollment data.

* A $76,479.50 contract with Lockstep Technology Group of Duluth to purchase two back-up computer servers with SPLOST III funds.

* A $44,648.64 contract with Dell to purchase 50 laptop computers and eight laptop carts with Marietta Middle School Title I funds.

* A Burruss Elementary School Governance Team recommendation to allow half of each system-wide professional learning day be deemed for teacher team planning time when possible.
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