Community Center: Academics, Activities, and Athletics
A new Community Center will be used for academics, activities, and athletics within the school district and throughout the community. In terms of academics, the district will use additional physical education spaces. The high school is limited to two different options each hour for phy. ed. with only two physical education stations currently. Additionally, the high school could use an area for large motor skills for our Developmental Adapted Physical Education (DAPE) classes for our students with disabilities in physical development. A community center will also be used by our physics classes for the experiments and labs that cannot be completed in a small classroom setting. Examples of this would be: bridge construction, egg drop, motion and vector activities. Our industrial technology, manufacturing, and agriculture classes will use the space for robotics, trade shows, and display areas. Many of our organizations could host regional contests, competitions, and conventions (i.e. FFA, Supermileage, Student Council, NHS). The college fair and the job fair for students will have an adequate space in the community center instead of crowding students and presentations into hallways.
The community center will include a new gymnastics center. We have outgrown the current space in the middle school. Moving gymnastics to the community center will free up space in the middle school that will be repurposed into areas benefiting our middle school students. In addition, the community center will provide more space for youth (elementary) practices. It is our hope that it will allow us to have earlier practices for the younger students. The space could also be used for a variety of athletic tournaments, which would bring people into the area, increasing traffic to our local restaurants, gas stations, and hotels.
Besides increasing opportunities for our students to advance their skills and a space to better meet the needs of our athletic organizations, the community center could also be used by members of the community for many different purposes. The proposed community center will include a weight room and fitness center that could be used by community members when not in use by students during the school day. It will also have an elevated walking track that could be used during the day even when school is in session (a secured entrance would be utilized). A community room will also be available for different groups and organizations. Community members could play cards, quilt, scrapbook, or have a space to just visit. The large space of the community center could be used for the annual craft fair, home show, car shows, boat shows, hunting/fishing expositions, civic-minded demonstrations, health fair, and chamber dinners. There is really no end to how this space could be utilized.
While we have a vision of the community center, the details and specifics of the community center will be worked out after a successful referendum vote on May 9th. At that point we will solicit community input. This process will take 7-9 months, understanding that the district will have to stay within the referendum budget.