All rights reserved.

As you may or may not know, the Armour School Board and
Administration have been searching for ways to rebuild the
track and field complex at the Armentrout Field. It is the last
project that I personally would like to facilitate for the students,
school, and community of Armour. It was once the nicest
facility, for a school our size, in the area. Since then it has
deteriorated into being unusable for meets, dangerous for
practices, and even walking or jogging by the community. Time
has taken its toll and the school budget always had higher
priorities. New additional insulation, heating-cooling systems in
the gym and entire grade school, new roof on grade school
complex and gym, new bus fleet and bus barn to protect that
investment, were just a few things that needed the available
funds for student safety and comfort.
 As my retirement drew
near, I put extra effort into finding the funding necessary to
enable this project to become a reality. I was shown a
possible competitive grant through Wellmark Insurance that I
decided to write. It was a lengthy and rigorous application but
with data and support from various community entities, we
finished the application and to our joy, were notified that we
had been awarded the maximum amount available, a $75,000
matching grant. This start made the project seem possible and
with the blessing of the school board, I started to contact
other entities to see if some additional funding could be
secured, thus easing the burden on our taxpayers and school.
We have had additional success and the board entrusted me
to proceed so the project is now a reality. Work begins this
spring and should be finished during the summer and early fall.
The project is extensive as the track drainage and base all
need to be replaced. The retaining wall separating the
grandstand track also needs work.
 A "Track Project"
committee was formed and met. Other meetings will follow.
Their ideas and help are crucial. Since some of the funds
raised are "matching grants" additional fund raising will be
necessary. Following this explanation will be a spreadsheet
that shows every penny raised so far and from what source.
Many other Armour entities and businesses have told us they
would contribute but have not confirmed the actual amounts
yet. When community and alumni fundraising starts, this
spreadsheet will be updated as funds come in and be available
on the Armour School Website. The total need is $300,000 to
$350,000. We have a good start but your help is needed. At
the all-school reunion 6 years ago and last year, some
donations were received and are in the track project account.
The Wellmark Grant gave us the "big boost" needed to show
us this could be done. The grant stressed community use of
the track for walking, jogging, and fitness as well as school
use. The benefits of a resilient rubberized surface to ease the
stress on joints and muscles of athletes and community
members alike, were part of this grant as well.
Our committee will hold another meeting shortly to decide how
best to proceed to finish the project. As I stated before, we
have verbal commitments from a number of entities and school
funds are not yet included in this total. I estimate that a
$75,000-$100,000 from community and alumni would be
needed to complete the funding. Watch the school
website( for updates, news, and
progress towards the goal. Consider making a donation. If it
helps you, we can even spread donations over, up to, 3 years.
All donations are tax deductible and we can give you
documentation of your gift. Make sure you tell us if you wish to
keep your donation anonymous and we can do that as well,
otherwise your name and amount will be listed on the
spreadsheet. The committee is considering a plaque
commemorating your gift at different levels for posting at the
track entrance. More on that will be on the school website in
the future.

Burnell Glanzer, Supt:(retired) Project Coordinator
Armour Track Project