The question asks permission for the School District of Arcadia to borrow an amount not to exceed $4,000,000 for the purpose of paying a portion of the costs of constructing and equipping a new gym and locker room facility as part of to new community center addition to the Middle/High School.
Opportunity of a Lifetime
Thanks to the generosity of Ron & Joyce Wanek, the District would receive a donation of $12 million from the Wanek Foundation contingent upon the passage of a $4 million referendum. This commitment represents 75% of the facility cost to complete the additional gymnasium and community center portions of the project along with a public library which is also being funded by private donations. The combination of donations and referendum funding would allow the district to build more than just the limited scope of a single court gym and locker rooms. Instead, the district would get an additional two-court gymnasium and expanded locker rooms, along with a multi-use community center that would serve Arcadia for generations to come.
Unique Community Partnership
This is a unique opportunity to improve the quality of life for both students and community members in Arcadia. We value our partnerships with local employers, businesses, and city leadership. By working together, we have developed a plan to provide adequate gym and recreational space for students, as well as indoor recreation, fitness, multipurpose rooms, and library space for community members, while meeting the city’s building and beautification requirements.
Health and Wellness Emphasis
Last fall, the District and the City engaged the community in conversations and conducted surveys. Citizens expressed support for building a Community Center with gyms, fitness center, a public library, and community rooms available to our students and the community. A shared facility on school grounds has the potential to provide a much greater value to both the school district and the community by centralizing wellness, recreation, and physical health facilities at one site, providing the resources necessary to promote the health and well-being of students, staff, and community year-round.