Fremont-Mills receives $1.6 million grant for complex

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The Fremont-Mills Sports Complex Committee announced last week that the Lied Foundation Trust has issued a grant to the school for construction of the Lied Gymnasium and Sports Complex at the Fremont-Mills Community School.

The $1.6 million grant will go toward the construction and equipping of the 23,220 square foot facility. The building will feature a foyer with concessions and restrooms, gymnasium with a walking track, fitness center, health and wellness classroom, and locker room areas.

The facility will be used by Fremont-Mills students but also serve as a community fitness/wellness center.

In March 2008, voters in the district passed a $1.95 million bond issue to construct an addition to provide an elementary gym space, health and physical education classroom, and locker and changing rooms.

With the addition of the Lied funds to the bond issue dollars, the project will be able to increase the gymnasium space, adding a walking track in the gym, and construct and equip a school-community fitness center.

By partnering with the Lied Trust Foundation, Fremont-Mills Community School District, City of Tabor, and the Helen and Ralph Carl Foundation of Tabor, the Fremont-Mills Sports Complex Committee was able to generate agreements and funding needed to complete the project.

The Helen and Ralph Carl Foundation has agreed to provide up to $200,000 to help complete the project.

The Lied Foundation Trust was established in 1972 by Omaha and Las Vegas businessman Ernst F. Lied, in honor of his parents, Ernst M. and Ida K. Lied. The Lied Foundation Trust is administered by Trustee Christina M. Hixson of Las Vegas, Nev.