BROCTON - Area residents now have the option of working out at a brand new fitness center at Brocton Central School.
The facility, which was part of the school's EXCEL Capital Project, officially opened Jan. 9 and was a topic of discussion during the board of education meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Newly hired Community Activities Director Brittney Reed was present to give an update on the facility to the board and announce that 40 people bought memberships in less than a week.
"I've got a lady lined up for Zumba and hopefully Aqua Zumba ... and my hope is to get her in here next week, start her on land ... and then venture into the pool once it opens up," she said. "We may possibly have babysitting one or two nights that the fitness center is open so that families and parents of younger kids who can't really utilize the fitness center can come and work out, and their kids can be in the same building and be under supervision."
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Brocton Central School senior Jessica Putcher exercises on an Expresso Exercise Bike in the brand new fitness center at the school, which officially opened Jan. 9.
Reed said Brocton's fitness room is the largest school-based facility she has seen. The facility includes a group workout/yoga room, which she said is unique to Brocton. Yoga mats are available at the facility and are wiped down after each use.
The fitness room includes 15 cardio machines and multiple free-weight machines. Several Expresso Exercise Bikes are also available, allowing riders to compete online with people around the globe.
Once the pool component is added, Reed would like to add kayaking to the agenda, which is her "hope in the long-run." The pool is expected to be ready by Feb. 1, according to Superintendent John Hertlein.
"We're starting slow, but we have big hopes for this facility and we hope to make it a place where people come to enjoy being active and having an active lifestyle," Reed said.
The fitness center is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 5-9 p.m., Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon during the academic year. Applications for memberships are available at the school. Memberships vary in price, with district residents at $15 per month, non-district residents at $25 per month and walk-in usage at $5 per day.
Also during the meeting, the board approved a tentative collective bargaining agreement between the school and the district's Civil Service Employees Association. The contract is from July 1 through June 30. Hertlein said that since the agreement has yet to be approved by the CSEA, he would not comment on it until it is fully passed. Board member Beth Jagoda voted against the measure.
Various change orders for the EXCEL project were approved, including wiring for outside speakers ($8,983), casework for the high school and guidance offices ($5,757), three new valves in the old building ($1,879) and the replacement of outside water hose bibs ($1,862), among others. Board member Steven Smith voted against the measure.
Tracey McFadden, who has completed three consecutive years with positive evaluations, was granted tenure in the elementary teacher area, effective Jan. 2. Board member Todd McFadden abstained from the measure.
Eleven students were appointed to be fitness room assistants, all at $8 per hour. The position will require about four hours an evening and weekends.
Zephyr Smith, Brenna Wright and Nancy Jopek were appointed lifeguards. Jopek will earn $10 per hour, while the former two will earn $9 per hour.
Marjorie Bohn was appointed drama club/musical director for the current school year, while Amy Gawronski was appointed assistant drama club/musical director. Bohn will earn $1,400 while Gawronski will earn $900.
Hertlein was approved to enter into interscholastic athletics sharing agreements with Westfield Academy and Central School for football, girls volleyball, girls and boys soccer and girls and boys track for the 2014-2015 school year.
Eighth grader Timothy Skinner and senior Macalum Buchanan were honored as the students of the month for January.
The next meeting is Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. in the board room.