"The school district has had a place holder in its long range facilities plan for the much needed reconstruction of the running track," said Richard Roy, F-M's director of athletics. "This new development will essentially give F-M a new track that will last approximately 15 years with minimal maintenance, thus saving the school district the money it would have had to spend to reconstruct the track."
In addition to raising the balance of funds to construct the turf field and track components, the group is also seeking to establish a $100,000 reserve fund for the future replacement of the turf field. The association's ability to pursue funds for both the construction costs and the field replacement reserve was recently aided by the F-M School Board with its approval of an amended resolution that expands the timeline required to submit proof that the association has collected all of the funds necessary to construct the project to May 5.
"This expanded timeline to raise the balance of funds and collect on outstanding pledges while our plans and specifications are being reviewed by the State Education Department provides us with a great opportunity to continue our fundraising momentum, and to get a head-start on establishing the field replacement reserve fund," Hanlon said. "We continue to appreciate the full support of this project by the board of education."
In the interim, the group continues its tireless efforts to reach out to local residents and businesses, alumni of the school, and friends to support the students of F-M and residents of Manlius and Fayetteville.
For more information, FMCSFA has created a website, www.FMfield.com that includes a link for making secure on-line donations. Donations may also be sent to FMCSFA, P.O. Box 357, Manlius, NY 13104. Checks are payable to FMCSFA.
The FM Community Sports Facility Association is recognized as a 501(c)(3) public charity by the IRS and is comprised of a group of committed local community members who believe passionately in the ongoing development of academics, the arts and athletics for the students of Fayetteville-Manlius School District.