$100K gift to St. Ed funds ‘dream’

St. Edmond Catholic School has received a $100,000 gift from Dean Polking, a Fort Dodge resident.

Polking, now retired, is a former process server for Webster County and also worked for the Internal Revenue Service.

The school will use the funds to provide air conditioning to its high school building and 1965 addition, according to Tom Miklo, director of development.

“We’re excited and thrilled, because this was kind of an unspoken dream, to be able to air condition the rest of our building,” Miklo said.

The funds have already been received, and the air conditioning will be added with its heating and electrical upgrade, scheduled to begin in the summer, and be ready for the 2014-15 school year, Miklo said.

The renovation is one of the goals of the school’s Putting Our Faith in Our Future capital campaign.

According to Miklo, Polking approached him with an idea for a scholarship. Polking and his wife, Lois, had five children who graduated from St. Edmond. Polking decided with his family his gift would best be used to provide the school with needed air conditioning.

“They feel very good about making the gift. I was pleased they understood the impact this will have,” Miklo said. “They really took a hard look at what our needs truly were and they reached out to help us meet them.”

The gift covers more than one-third of the project, according to Miklo, and allows the capital campaign to begin this summer, rather than wait for several years.

“Phase two of our heating project will begin next summer and be wrapped up in fall 2014,” he said, “and we’ll be able to air condition the high school side in that same time frame.”

In addition to the $100,000 gift, the Polking family is also planning a college scholarship for a graduating St. Edmond senior to attend either the University of Iowa or Creighton University, to be announced before next May.