School board hears Boys & Girls Club presentation

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Adrian Design GroupBy Erik Gable
ADRIAN, Mich. —

The Adrian school board on Monday reviewed plans for closing the swimming pool at the Adrian Middle School 5-6 building and turning the space into a new home for the Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee.

Boys & Girls Club board member Mike Kapnick and executive director Dana Pink presented the plan to the school board. The plan calls for the Boys & Girls Club to lease the space from Adrian Public Schools for 25 years at the rate of $1 per year. The club, which is about 45 percent of the way through a $1 million capital campaign, would pay the renovation costs.

The pool area would be turned into a teen center, a game room and office space for Boys & Girls Club staff. The club would have a dedicated entrance off Frank Street.

The plans also call for the creation of a Wii fitness room in the old home economics room, using donated equipment.

The Boys & Girls Club would be able to use school facilities after hours, and the school would be able to use Boys & Girls Club facilities during school hours, both in a controlled and structured way.

Timmis said the move would still leave Adrian with two pools. Tecumseh, the only other district in the county with a swim team, has one, he said.

Kapnick said the move will benefit the Boys & Girls Club by more than doubling its capacity, addressing the limits of its current facility in the city of Adrian’s Piotter Center, and reduce its facilities costs.

Timmis said the plan gives the district a way to use space that might have needed to be shut down anyway — the AMS 5-6 pool is the oldest of the district’s three pools and costs $49,000 per year to operate — and enhances opportunities for students at the 5-6 building.

The arrangement, Timmis said, will allow the school to offer “a structured, controlled, positive environment for kids from eight o’clock in the morning ... to eight o’clock at night.”