Committee gives nod to eagle scout project
A new sign will greet people at the Sparta Area School District track and field complex, if the concept is approved by two more voting entities.
Sparta High School Junior Max Engh wants to replace the existing sign as his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Troop 67.
The current sign is dilapidated and the paint is chipped, he explained to the finance and facilities committee of the school board this week.
Engh said he spoke with several school officials regarding the project, all of whom were in favor of the aesthetic upgrade.
The language would stay the same – Sparta Track and Field Sports Complex – but the lettering would be slightly different, in a block style protruding from the face of the sign. The sign itself would be made of weatherproof materials.
Engh estimated the cost of the sign and pillars to be between $1,000 and $1,500. He plans to fundraise, but noted officials indicated existing funds from the track and field account could be used to offset monies not raised.
The new sign will be placed next to the steps on the hill leading to the entry of the track. Engh hopes to have it completed and in place by this spring.
“I want it done before the end of track season,” he said.
The finance and facilities committee recommended approval to the full board. The Boy Scouts’ Gateway Area Council must still grant him approval of the project.