Lisbon Voters Asked To Okay $1.7M Fitness CenterPosted: Updated:
It's a school building project with a twist. The Lisbon Central School District is asking voters to approve a $1.7 million fitness center for students – and the public.
“It's critical to make sure that we're supporting and promoting opportunities for our community to be able to be healthy but also for our students,” said Patrick Farrand, superintendent.
The fitness center would go in a corner of a courtyard and connect to the gym. Right now, the fitness center is in a former computer lab. The center would be a huge upgrade.
“People can come really from three until 10 o'clock at night, use the facility on Saturday mornings. It's definitely going to generate some more activity in the building and health and wellness in general,” said Lauren Morley, 5th to 12th grade principal.
The fitness center will be Proposition 2 on the ballot on May 21. The school also wants voters to approve $8.3 million in renovations to buildings. It will be on the ballot as Proposition 1.
“The size of the project is based on what we have identified as needs. And then we had to prioritize those needs on what's important for our students and faculty and staff to promote learning and a safe environment,” said Farrand.
The gym would get new bleachers and the floor refinished. Bathrooms would get fixed up. Classrooms would get energy-efficient windows. In addition to the building projects, the school budget will be on the ballot.
“School officials want it made clear - a vote for the school budget will not get the building projects done. To get the building projects done, a super-majority of voters will have to approve Proposition 1 and Proposition 2.
Voting will take place in the school lobby from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 21.