During Monday evening’s regularly scheduled USD 460 School Board meeting, Susan Lamb with the Hesston Community Foundation and Susan Spencer of the G51 foundation approached the board regarding making donations to the district.
The family of the late Garrett Spencer was interested in updating the press box Swather sign at Hobbs Stadium and is in the process of getting a quote from Hesston Prestige Printing for this work.
More details about the particulars of the sign are available from Norman Critchfield, owner of Prestige Printing. It would be of similar size to the current sign and mounted on metal. With district approval the G51 fund will gift the amount for the sign upon its completion.
G51 was also interested in gifting USD 460 $2,500 for a fund that is to be used to support students in grades 7-12 who may have financial needs related to school activities.
School Board President Mick Petrocci immediately denied the request.
“Our policy says we don’t accept memorial funds or donations. If it has the G51, it’s in the policy we don’t accept that.”
Lamb said she was unfamiliar with the policy.
Superintendent Paul Becker clarified.
“It is with recognition as such. We are fine with a tree, but we can’t have a designated “in memory of,” he said.
Spencer said the sign would not have a memorial plaque.
“If it has G51, it doesn’t say “in memory of,” she said.
Petrocci was still adamant about not accepting the donation.
“Now you’re splitting hairs. It is still telling us who it is from,” he said.
Lamb said Hobb’s Stadium was established in memorial of former Superintendent Jack Hobbs.
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