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Get ready to get fit at MHS fitness center

Work on fitness center set to begin this summer

Dec. 31, 2012

Mukwonago High School's students will have a better place to get fit next school year. With work to begin as soon as school is out for the summer, plans for a first floor fitness area move ahead after the MASD Board of Education unanimously approved plans to create a fitness center at the high school on Dec. 17.

The MHS renovation will be a boost to the physicaleducation curriculum, which shifted to a fitness emphasis in the curriculum this year. With about 500 students enrolled in physical education classes, students will be able to step out of the crowded weight room where there have already been some instances of weights slipping, according to MHS physical education teacher Jim Essman.

"This will affect every kid," Essman said.

The first floor fitness plans gained steam providing an area that is easier to supervise even if there is only one teacher available, will not result in major structural changes and allows all direct access to come off the gym, MHS Athletics and Activities Coordinator Andy Trudell explained. The project has gained funds from various community groups such as the Mukwonago Braves and the MHS Booster Club and other youth sports groups, which have pledged a total of $153,000 over the next three years to equip the facility. Trudell hopes to reach out to the community to help pay off this amount faster.

MHS football coach Clay Iverson told School Board members that increased participation in the summer fitness session points to the need for such a project.

"This is really being driven by our clients and that is our kids," Iverson said. "Kids are showing up by the hundreds."

MHS student school board representative Nate Greenwald who took part in some of the fitness sessions said, while it was cool to see more than 300 kids working out at the same time it as very difficult in the crowded conditions.

Senior class president Nick Blohm said a fitness center will make working out more appealing, which means more students will participate. Blohm, who participated in early-morning workoutsessions, said it improved his academic performance and he discovered he had more energy during the day.

MASD Superintendent Paul Strobel told board members administration was "confident we can fit this in at or below the budget we showed you."

"It's really a great effort on the part of staff, students and community," Strobel added.

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