Morenci school’s new weight room policy will go into effect July 1 to allow community use of the facilities.
School athletic director Taz Wallace worked with community members and school staff to create a new policy to address safety and security concerns while maintaining community use of the facility.
“The new policy should allow a safe and structured environment for community members,” Wallace said.
He also expects maintenance of the facility to improve through the changes.
Community members interested in using the weight training room must sign an agreement and pay an annual fee of $35. The fee is good for one year of usage from the date it’s paid. Community members must abide by a set of rules, including use of the facility only when an approved supervisor is present. Those who don’t abide by the rules of the facility and don’t follow the directions of the supervisor will lose the privilege of using the weight room.
The weight room community agreement is available at the high school office on Page Street and on the school’s website (www.morenci.k12.mi.us). The signed agreement and user fee should be taken to the high school office.
Anyone can apply to serve as a volunteer supervisor, Wallace said. Applications are available at the board of education office. Supervisors will have the same background check and fingerprinting procedure as an assistant coach would experience.
“We want to have the right people in place to supervise,” Wallace said, such as those who are able to guide younger users on how to lift weights appropriately.
Supervisors will sign up for times they’re available to open the weight room and a schedule will be posted at the building. The schedule could change from month to month due to the availability of supervisors, but Wallace said he will work to keep it as consistent as possible.