Former Winchester resident Bob Watt says he wants to give the money to the Winchester School District for a new track and football field.
Watt moved to Washington, D. C. to practice law about 50 years ago, but says he has fond memories of growing up in Winchester. His father, who was an attorney in Winchester, ran track and played football. Watt ran track, played football and basketball.
He says he wants to honor his parents with by giving the money to the district for the track.
“We never had a track and they still don't have a track today," says Watt. "They didn't have a track in the 60's and they don't have it today. It's a shame they don't have a track, so I want to do something about that. I was a track man and my dad was a track man."
Winchester superintendent Dave Roberts says the sports complex will go on land recently acquired by the district south of the grade school. The new track would replace the old fifth-mile cinder track.
“We have not hosted any home track meets I think ever - except maybe when that fifth-mile track was legal," says Roberts. "We've, for decades, traveled out of town for our track meets."
Phase 2 of the project would see a new football field put in the middle of the track.
Roberts says the total cost of the project could be close to $600,000. He says Scott County Agriculture and Sports Complex Committee will look for funding options separate from school district funds.
“We’re hoping that we'll have other generous alumni that will also want to help," says Roberts. "But I've made it clear and will continue to emphasize that at this point the school district is staying separate from this because if you follow the state-funding crisis we really can't afford to take school funds to help with a new sports complex."
Roberts says construction on the track could start as early as next year.