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An artist rendering of a highschool fitness room. (courtesy)

LYNNFIELD — There are 77 procuring days till Christmas. However a gift has already been chosen for Lynnfield Excessive Faculty college students and school.

When the varsity reopens after the vacation break, the power’s two fitness facilities are anticipated to be renovated. 

On Monday night time, the Board of Selectmen permitted spending $100,000 to buy new gear, add new lighting, and brighten the 1,300- and 682-square foot exercise rooms.  

“Solely 20 p.c of the gear works and it’s a much-needed and much-appreciated renovation,” stated Jane Tremblay, superintendent of colleges. “It’s been in want of rejuvenation for a number of years. It will likely be for everybody within the college to make use of.”

City Administrator Robert Dolan stated whereas there are a number of free weights which might be usable, lots of the cardio gear hasn’t labored in years. 

He careworn the restored fitness rooms are for everybody’s use.

“We aren’t constructing a brand new weight room for the soccer workforce,” he stated. “We’re constructing a fitness for each boy and woman at Lynnfield Excessive Faculty.” 

At a time of social-emotional challenges for a lot of children, he stated well being and fitness can play a key function in holding youngsters wholesome within the fitness area supervised by adults. 

“Our hope is to broaden the makes use of to incorporate after college and summer season packages,” he stated.  “We all know our younger college students don’t have many choices in Lynnfield for gyms. Most 14, 15, and 16-year-olds will not be welcome at native fitness facilities.  This offers us an unbelievable alternative and it’ll rival a Division 1/NFL weight room.”

Whereas Dolan doesn’t usually take such a key function in advocating for Lynnfield to spend cash, he stated the improve will enable bodily training academics, sports activities program, and intramural administrators to include the brand new rooms into their curriculum.

“I don’t normally editorialize, however it is a actually good factor,” he stated. “It teaches one thing college students can do for the remainder of their lives.”

The $100,000 will come from the city’s “free money,” Dolan stated, which has a stability of almost $three million. The one-time expenditure should be permitted by City Assembly scheduled for Monday, Oct. 21. 

John Tomasz, director of Public Works, stated as soon as voters approve the challenge, work will start instantly within the afternoons, on weekends, and Thanksgiving and Christmas vacation break.

“It should take 10 days to get the room carried out and all the brand new gear put in,” he stated. “However a ribbon-cutting may be anticipated after New 12 months’s Day.”