Mark Hawkes and Tom Farrell hope to bring together several modest donations to provide some additional financing for unfunded aspects of the Madison High School renovation project.
Hawkes, a former school board member, and Farrell, current Madison Central School Board president, came up with the idea of a short-term Bulldog Builders campaign that would enable supporters of the school district to contribute any type of donation that could be combined with other donations to fund parts of the renovation project that were cut from the original plan.
Hawkes said the idea for the program came about from discussion with Farrell this past year.
"This winter we kicked off Bulldog Builders," Hawkes said. "A number of folks are committed to public education but are not able to fund a grand aspect of the project."
Hawkes said the goal is to give alumni and parents an opportunity to support the district by combining their donation with a number of others.
"We're looking primarily for monetary donations," Hawkes said.
Hawkes and Farrell said they are hoping to conclude their fund-raising campaign by the end of the summer so they can immediately plug the contributions into the project.
Farrell said there are any number of items that could be funded through this campaign, such as furniture, fixtures and equipment or lighting for the parking lot.
"Our purpose is not to retire debt, but to supplement what was scaled back or not included in the project," Farrell said.
The two hope to recognize contributors with a contribution board at the school's entrance and in the gym.
Hawkes and Farrell said they have no goal in mind for the fund-raising campaign, but said even a few thousand dollars can be helpful.
A link to the Bulldog Builders campaign can be found on the Madison School District Website (www.madison.k12.sd.us).