Local group unveils plans for new multi-purpose facility, other upgrades, at Humboldt High School

By: Donovan W. Mann – donovanm@977thebolt.com

Humboldt, IA – A local group releases their plans for a new athletic facility at the high school as they seek board of education’s blessing to begin fundraising.

During a recent meeting of the Humboldt Community School District’s Board of Education Joel Armitage, Trevor Dielemann and Dallas Clark came to speak during the public forum. During their time they unveiled a plan for facility upgrades and additions to accommodate the growing need at Humboldt High and Middle School.

The group says they would like to see a new multi-purpose facility built north of the softball field where the tennis court are. It would include the weight room, auxiliary gym with two courts and a total of six basketball baskets. Batting cages are also in consideration. The building size would be about 75,000 square feet and cost 1.8 million in cost.

The current multi-purpose facility was built in 2002. The plan would be to convert this facility into the wrestling room for the high school program. The current high school wrestling room would become the middle school wrestling room. The new multi-purpose room and corresponding conversion are considered priority one for the local group due to the continued growth of the middle school wrestling program.

Additional upgrades the group would like to have done include a $1.2 million synthetic turf field at Mason Maach Field. Upgrades for the bleachers, press box and restrooms are also being planned for the football field.

The group tells the board of education that they are not asking for anything from the schools at this time. The purpose was to inform the board of their intention and ask for consent to begin fundraising.

The board told Armitage, Dielmann and Clark that they would discuss it and get them a response on their thoughts.