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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 22, 2014

Proposed gym complements high school renovation

By Joe Carr | Feb 27, 2014

To the editor:

The proposed gym and indoor track facility that will be constructed at our current rec center will undoubtedly benefit all generations of our surrounding community.

It will particularly benefit the youth of our county, and is an addition to our community that is long overdue. Nearly all similar size communities in our area offer a public indoor gymnasium facility, including such towns as Bloomfield, Wellman, all of the other schools in our conference, etc. Recreation departments typically have a sharing agreement with the local school district which allows the school district’s students to benefit from the facility.

Fairfield Community School District voters recently passed a $10 million bond issue for a high school renovation. This renovation addresses virtually all of the identified critical needs for our high school (without increasing taxes) except the need for more gym space. The proposed gym will benefit all county youth and particularly Fairfield Community School students.

The three courts and indoor track to be built will provide the opportunity for use by our school sports programs while still having court space available for youth programs and adult recreation utilization.

Our school district is woefully short of gym space. We have not added a gym since 1967 which was five years before Title 9 and the addition of girls’ sports. Practices that begin as early as 6:00 a.m. and last until as late as 8:30 p.m. should no longer be the norm. We ask county voters to please consider the greater good of our residents, and particularly our youth, and vote yes for the pool/gym project.

 

– Joe Carr, Fairfield

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