Multi-purpose facility in referendum plans

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 multipurpose 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 field houses because of their lower cost to build as well as maintain, while offering higher versatility. A multipurpose 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.

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.

To learn more about the proposed upgrades to school facilities, please visit Additional questions can be directed by phone to 892-2661 or by email to facilities@

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