drawing of the playing field and running track

Artist’s rendering of the multi-purpose facility proposed for Plymouth High School

Referendum Focus: Multi-purpose facility

Posted March 5, 2018

The April 3 referendum includes plans for a multi-purpose indoor facility at Plymouth High School, to increase the lifetime fitness and physical education offerings for students and to address the lack of indoor athletic facilities available in our community.

Unlike a fieldhouse, which has a wooden floor and is used primarily for basketball, a multi-purpose facility has a turf floor and can be used for many activities, including:

  • Physical education classes
  • Lifetime fitness activities
  • School and community teams, including soccer, baseball, softball, golf, football, cross country, track and field
  • Marching band practice
  • Community events and recreation

An increasing number of high schools are choosing such facilities rather than fieldhouses because of their lower cost to build as well as maintain, while offering higher versatility. A multi-purpose facility could be divided into as many as four smaller areas, so several groups could utilize it simultaneously.

This could be particularly useful in the spring, when poor weather sends many teams looking for indoor space. Several could share the multi-purpose facility, leaving gyms open for basketball leagues and similar programs.

Additional wellness facilities proposed for PHS as part of the referendum include:

  • New girls locker rooms, to replace ones built before girls played intermurals that are no longer adequate for the number of girls in physical education classes and competitive sports.
  • A new weight room/fitness center, to replace the one located in the basement that lacks adequate ventilation and is too small to meet current demand. Community members would continue to be able to buy memberships to the new fitness center, which would be larger and located on the ground floor.
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About the referendum

The referendum question, which will be on the April 3 ballot, asks voters if they support borrowing up to $31.9 million to improve safety/security; to expand learning opportunities for high school students; and to provide better access to education, wellness and recreation for students and the community.

The district is putting the referendum question before voters after spending nearly a year conducting a thoughtful and thorough evaluation of existing facilities and seeking community feedback through focus groups and a districtwide survey.

The Board of Education believes this is a good time to consider a referendum, given the district’s tradition of fiscal responsibility, its low mill rate compared to other districts, and historically low interest rates.

District officials are available to visit community groups to share information and answer questions regarding the referendum; call the district office at 892-2661 to arrange a talk. In addition, the district has scheduled two Open Houses to provide information about the referendum:

  • 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 13 at Fairview
  • 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at Parkview

Learn more:

Read an article about where you can get more information about the referendum.
Read an article about the new gyms proposed for Fairview and Parkview.
Read an article about additional upgrades proposed for Fairview and Parkview.
Read an article about additional upgrades proposed for Plymouth High School.
• Visit the Referendum Information webpage at www.plymouth.k12.wi.us/facilities.html.
• Call 892-2661.
• Email facilities@plymouth.k12.wi.us.