Written by MICHAEL LoCICERO
Wednesday, 19 August 2015 18:14
School Board says oversight, marketing will be job responsibility
The new fitness center at Cedar Grove-Belgium High School should have a coordinator to make sure everything from equipment and membership to hours of operation and fees is handled smoothly, board members said last week.
Supt. Jeanne Courneene said the center, which is slated to open Oct. 30, will “take somebody to be fully invested in it.”
Courneene said the center will only be open to the public during non-school hours.
Those using the center will not be able to use the locker rooms after working out, she said.
“We have to protect the student-athletes who should have priority,” Courneene said.
The district will also require participants to sign a liability waiver before using the center, she said.
“I’ve heard of other fitness centers requiring participants to attend a safety orientation and withholding passes until they complete the training,” she said. “I think that’s needed, especially at the beginning to establish this.”
Business Manager Kris DeBruine said the person hired would likely coordinate volunteers, set up fitness classes, market the center and handle schedules and budgeting.
“I see marketing as a big part of this position,” she said.
Board members briefly discussed how much the district should charge for memberships and one-time uses, but didn’t come to any conclusion.
“I think that is something the new coordinator will have to figure out,” board President Chad Hoopman said.
DeBruine said Oostburg does not charge residents to use its fitness center, but does not have a paid staff to run it.
Hoopman added that the district should ask area fitness retailers what type of equipment should be in the center.
“If we ask some companies, they will probably have a good baseline on how to tweak what we want,” he said.
Courneene said she will have “focused conversations or a posting of some sort” to gauge community interest on a prospective coordinator.
The district recently completed locker room renovations as part of the $1.7 million project, which will also include a 108-by-55-foot multipurpose/wrestling room that can be used by physical education classes.