WATERLOO — Columbus High School boosters are making a final push to raise money for improvements to outdoor athletic facilities.

The project’s total cost is $175,000, and $156,000 in donations has been secured since efforts began in December.

Planned improvements include a new ticket booth and entrance to the athletic complex, additional handicapped parking, new fencing, paved walkways in front of the football bleachers and leading to the baseball and softball fields, landscaping and lighting. If the funding goal is achieved by March 1, school officials plan to celebrate the grand opening with the first home football game of 2018.

Fundraising is led by the Cedar Valley Catholic Schools’ buildings and grounds advisory committee. Sarah Smith, CVCS advancement director, said the group is continually exploring, planning and directing improvement projects for the Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta Middle School and Columbus campuses. These projects are privately funded through donors and are not part of the school system’s normal operating budget and expenses.

Over the last five years, more than $500,000 in updates and renovations have been completed. These included the band/vocal music wing remodeling, new campus signage, Columbus gym floor and lighting updates, the strength and conditioning facility, Columbus chapel renovations, the Columbus media center/makerspace project, family and consumer science room updates and various other projects.

Smith said a five-year plan has been developed for continued improvement of CVCS facilities. Projects that are planned in the next few years include Columbus locker room renovations, stage improvements for the performing arts, Columbus commons renovations, Columbus gymnasium entrance and picnic area improvements.

Questions should be directed to Smith at ssmith@cvcatholic.org or 232-1422.

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