SCSD2 Gollings to go to Whitney

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SHERIDAN — Sheridan County School District 2 is about to be $3,237,500 richer after a purchase agreement between the district and Whitney Benefits for the sale of 10 original paintings by Elling William Gollings was approved by the school board Monday night.

Negotiations between the district and the foundation began after SCSD2 expressed interest in selling the paintings in its possession.

In December, it was announced that the district was the owner of pieces by the Western artist who lived and worked in Sheridan in the early 1900s.

Members of the Fine Arts Committee spearheading efforts to modernize the Sue Henry Auditorium at Sheridan High School began discussions with key art stakeholders in the community regarding potentially selling the works to fund part of the project.

In January, Whitney Benefits Board President Tom Kinnison and half of the total Whitney Benefits board members attended the SCSD2 monthly board meeting and revealed their interest in the art.

Now, the final use of the income generated has yet to be determined but the sale will move forward.

According to district superintendent Craig Dougherty, members of the board received the purchase agreement for review prior to the meeting and were able to ask questions of the school district’s attorney Ryan Healy. No discussion on the specifics of the deal was held publically before a unanimous vote to approve the agreement was received.

Trustee Jim Perkins previously voiced concerns that the sale was progressing too quickly and voted against negotiations commencing between the attorneys until the board had a better idea of how the money would be spent and whether or not it was the best thing to do with the paintings. He spoke in favor of the sale Monday night.

“I had a month to look at this, and while I expressed last time about not being sure, I honestly can not find a better deal,” Perkins said prior to the vote.

Members of the Capital Construction Committee will now begin conversations with the board and administration to consider the disbursement of the income generated.

In other fundraising news, though $41,234 is no $3.5 million, the revenue generated in one day at the Frackelton’s Dining for a Cause benefitting the Sheridan High School locker room and sports facility project was far greater than expected.

On Feb. 23, 100 percent of the revenue generated at the restaurant was donated to the district along with a match of lunch sales from Sheridan Orthopedic Associates and a match of $20,000 from Hammer Chevrolet.

The 9,000-square-foot addition to SHS will be two stories, built off the end of the existing building out toward the football field.

The $4.2 million addition will include a sports medicine facility, new locker rooms, changing areas for visiting teams, officials and referees.

SHS Athletic Director Don Julian also reported Monday night that the locker sales portion of the fundraising efforts has reached the halfway mark and he expects the lockers to sell out soon.

For each $250 donation, a plaque will be placed on a locker in the new facility with a personal message from the donor along with an additional plaque on a donor wall located outside of the locker rooms.

Julian said he believes the locker sales portion of the funding is important to complete to show the community’s support of the project.According to district superintendent Craig Dougherty, members of the board received the purchase agreement for review prior to the meeting and were able to ask questions of the school district’s attorney Ryan Healy. No discussion on the specifics of the deal was held publically before a unanimous vote to approve the agreement was received.

Trustee Jim Perkins previously voiced concerns that the sale was progressing too quickly and voted against negotiations commencing between the attorneys until the board had a better idea of how the money would be spent and whether or not it was the best thing to do with the paintings. He spoke in favor of the sale Monday night.

“I had a month to look at this, and while I expressed last time about not being sure, I honestly cannot find a better deal,” Perkins said prior to the vote.

Members of the Capital Construction Committee will now begin conversations with the board and administration to consider the disbursement of the income generated.

In other fundraising news, though $41,234 is no $3.5 million, the revenue generated in one day at the Frackelton’s Dining for a Cause benefitting the Sheridan High School locker room and sports facility project was far greater than expected.

On Feb. 23, 100 percent of the revenue generated at the restaurant was donated to the district along with a match of lunch sales from Sheridan Orthopedic Associates and a match of $20,000 from Hammer Chevrolet.

The 9,000-square-foot addition to SHS will be two stories, built off the end of the existing building out toward the football field.

The $4.2 million addition will include a sports medicine facility, new locker rooms, changing areas for visiting teams, officials and referees.

SHS Athletic Director Don Julian also reported Monday night that the locker sales portion of the fundraising efforts has reached the halfway mark and he expects the lockers to sell out soon.

For each $250 donation, a plaque will be placed on a locker in the new facility with a personal message from the donor along with an additional plaque on a donor wall located outside of the locker rooms.

Julian said he believes the locker sales portion of the funding is important to complete to show the community’s support of the project.

By |Mar. 3, 2015|

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