Band practices in parking lotThe 2018 School Board plan would make improvements to local activity and athletic facilities to meet the health, safety, and space needs of ISD 318 students and the larger community, including major improvements to the Bigfork locker and weight rooms, and installing turf at Noble Field, Legion Field, and the practice field.

Kids who participate in activities and athletics are more engaged in and often do better in school. They have higher GPAs, better attendance, and are less likely to drop out or experience truancy issues.

But at Bigfork and Grand Rapids High Schools, the state of our activity and athletic facilities limits the opportunities available to kids.

At Bigfork High School, 
classroom spaces are being used for locker rooms. The school is unable to host multi-sport competitions due to a lack of space. The Bigfork weight room was moved to a smaller, make-shift space away from the locker rooms and gym to accommodate a need for more classroom space.

At Grand Rapids High School, four sports have been added without adding field or practice space. Lacrosse hosts games on the practice field in poor conditions, and without restrooms or viewing areas. Kids who participate in sports and in the marching band train and practice in halls, in the parking lot, and on the streets, increasing the risk of injury.

How the 2018 School Board plan meets these needs
The School Board plan follows the recommendations of the citizen-led Activities Facilities Taskforce, which with coaches, parents, staff and community members.

The plan includes
  • Bigfork locker room and weight room improvements
  • Adding turf to Noble Hall, the practice, and Legion Fields
    • Legion Field would be acquired in a land exchange from the City of Grand Rapids
    • Legion Field would include a removable mound, allowing the field to be used by a multitude of sports
The benefits of the AFT's proposal are:
  • Increasing the usability of all fields
  • Provides needed facilities for Bigfork student and community use
  • Maximizes all available space at the GRHS campus
  • Creates a safe practice space for the GRHS Marching Band
  • Lease savings for ISD 318
  • Extensive opportunities for community use.
The total cost for these activity and athletic improvements is $5.3 million, which is 50 cents a month for the owner of a median valued home in the district.

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