Additional Donations Made for SM Athletic Complex

Less than a month away from its groundbreaking, the Barth Athletic Complex is still receiving additional donations to help the San Marino Unified School District see the project to completion.
Three parties recently donated a total of $210,000 toward the project, as announced at the May 23 SMUSD Board of Education meeting. Calvin Lo and wife Wendy Hsu provided $100,000 of that and an additional $100,000 came from 1984 San Marino High School graduate Paul Su and his wife, Alice.
They are, as Superintendent Alex Cherniss pointed out, the first major donors to the $14 million project who currently have children enrolled in SMUSD schools.
“It’s truly an honor for Wendy and me to be able to participate in this wonderful project,” Lo said at the meeting. “With this new gym, we will have a facility I know all of our kids will be so proud of.”
Su, who wrestled as a student, concurred with how valuable the facility will be for students.
“It is our little token of appreciation,” he said of his family’s donation.
The Chinese Club of San Marino also donated $10,000 toward the project, with its president, John Chou, citing the “very close” relationship the club has had with SMUSD.
The two $100,000 donations will each fund a media classroom in the athletic complex, which will break ground on June 5 with the demolition of Huntington Middle School’s current gym facility. The bid for the construction of the new facility, which is currently estimated to be $10.6 million of the $14 million project total, is expected to be awarded on Aug. 8.
The forthcoming complex is so-named for the $3.5 million donated from Andy and Avery Barth, which came in the early stages of the project. The couple recently offered another $2 million to specifically be used toward debt service payments in the event SMUSD does not pay off its loan for the project by 2021.
The board earlier this year agreed on a certificate of participation loan that will give the district up to a $6.5 million cash flow for the project.
Other donations include $500,000 from Tim and Lisa Sloan, $250,000 from the Barger family, $50,000 from the Weiss family, $50,000 from the William Hurt Foundation and $25,000 from the Fletcher Jones Foundation on behalf of Pat Haden.

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