The Journal Gazette
Friday, September 20, 2019 1:00 am

Activity center to open at Warsaw

School corporation wants to focus on student wellness

Journal Gazette

Warsaw Community Schools has a new student activity center.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be at 11:15 a.m. Oct. 9 for the 59,500-square-foot center.  An open house will follow from 11:15 a.m. to noon.

Warsaw Community Schools is now working with students to select a name for the building addition. The name will be announced following students' suggestions and voting in the coming weeks.

The school corporation conducted interview and feedback sessions with stakeholders in the schools to determine how the district could improve its mission statement.

After reviewing the feedback, the district began to increase focus on student wellness through the development of a Strategic Planning Acceleration Team. It focused on holistic student and staff wellness and began planning the student activity center.

Information about construction costs was unavailable Thursday, but school officials said construction would not have been possible without a $333,226 grant from the K21 Health Foundation.

The grant helped increase the capacity and access to program offerings for students, staff and the community. This was accomplished through the use of enhanced equipment that will allow staff to smoothly transition between various sporting events and activities, school officials said.

The equipment includes gym dividing curtains, suspended nets for volleyball and tennis and additional basketball hoops.

The funding also allowed Warsaw Community Schools to avoid a tax impact through the use of other resources to buy additional equipment and enhancements to maximize facility usage.

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