“Seeking Healthy Students and Lifelong Fitness”
A larger and better-equipped Fitness Center at the High School is essential to the implementation of a successful physical education curriculum that students will find engaging and meaningful. An improved and more inclusive space is also necessary to meet the needs of athletes and teams, and to provide gender equity consistent with Title IX.
A Resource for All
The Fitness Center is designed to be a resource for the entire student body. Over the past two years, Scarsdale’s K-12 physical education curriculum has been redesigned in response to a new set of learning objectives defined by the National Association for Sports and Physical Education. The goal of the new curriculum is to develop physical skills, positive attitudes toward fitness, and an appreciation for the value of collaboration and perseverance. Consistent with current research and practice, the curriculum now includes a focus on lifelong fitness, sports and activities.
Training and Conditioning for Athletes
A modern training facility is also essential for our current athletic program. Increasingly, interscholastic athletics requires participants to be involved in strength training, conditioning, and health education. Effective training is essential to minimize injuries, facilitate rehabilitation and protect the safety and long-term health of participants. In Scarsdale, a larger, more open, and more accessible fitness center is especially important in our efforts to meet the needs of female athletes, who are not comfortable using the existing, outdated and unwelcoming weight room.
The New Fitness Center
We propose to create a fitness center under the “new” gymnasium at the south end of the high school, in close proximity to the athletic fields, gymnasiums and locker rooms. The 6,200 square foot facility will include two designated areas for strength- and cardio-training, and a separate area for stretching, floor exercises and group instruction. The planned Center will serve physical education classes, athletic teams and individual students. and enable use by two physical education classes at a time. The facility will also accommodate before and after school programs, and off-season use. To be certified for occupancy, the space requires new heating, lighting, ventilation and related systems. All of these steps will help create a more modern and inclusive Fitness Center, in a better location and with vastly improved space and equipment to serve the entire student body of the school.