A check in the amount of $55,000 was presented to the Laurel School Board on Thursday evening just before the game between the Laurel High Locomotives and the Billings Central Rams.
The money will go toward replacing the school’s 50-year-old gymnasium floor.
An October basketball game fundraiser, organized by the Laurel Rotary Club and featuring an all-star cast of former Laurel High basketball players against a touring squad of professional players and entertainers, raised $15,000. That amount was matched with pledges from the Laurel Urban Renewal Agency and by an anonymous Laurel graduate. An additional $10,000 was donated by an anonymous Laurel family.
“A lot of tradition and history has happened on this floor,” said Pat Hansen, Locomotives head coach. “It will be hard to see it go, but it’s time for a new floor.”
Hansen said the floors are so worn that the nails have began to surface.
Herb Townsend, the school's athletic director, said a new floor will cost about $150,000.
“The fundraiser was a huge success and got us real close to our goal,” Townsend said. "This is important to our student athletes and our community."
Townsend said that if the money is raised soon enough, district administration would like to install the new floor over the coming summer.