Forestville hears complaints about weight room

By SAMANTHA MCDONNELL

OBSERVER Staff Writer

FORESTVILLE – The Sports Boosters at Forestville Central School have some concerns about the athletic facilities within the district. Stacey Mierzwa from the Sports Boosters had questions concerning the weight room.

She said the sports boosters had started working on the issue last year and are willing to help, however.

The organization had intentions to apply for a grant to help with the funding for repairs to the space, but that has since fallen through. The sports boosters recently took a tour through the weight room to see the condition of the space.

“We went to take a tour to see what we could do. Upon doing that, we kind of saw some things that alarmed us as parents. I don’t know if any of you have seen the room, but there are some things in there that are disconcerting that kids can get hurt on,” Mierzwa said.

Some of the issues the parents had were broken glass in the room, a pipe on the wall which is uncovered and they had concerns about the windows being accessible during an emergency so students will be able to escape the room if needed.

Physical Education teacher Scott Greenough supervises the weight room from the hallway since the room is divided into two separate rooms. Mierzwa said Greenough would like to have the wall knocked down to have one room.

Board President Sylvester Cleary said the state of the room is not acceptable for use of the students and he thanked the parents for bringing up the issues to the board’s attention. He said the district will address the matter.

“That is not acceptable, not for our kids,” Cleary said. “It’s important in a school district that parents, such as yourself, that see something like that to stand up. I just want to thank you for that.”

The Sports Boosters have applied for a Muscle Milk recovery grant which can be used for any athletic need in schools. The grant which is up to $25,000 could be used to renovate the school’s weight room.

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