Artist’s rendering of the multi-purpose facility proposed for Plymouth High School
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:
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:
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:
• 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.