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May 3, 2018 Lone Tree’s Wellness Center to open in June
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The April 18 school board work session was all about the Wellness Center, a planned grand opening and a membership drive.

The Center’s director, Taylor Hotek, is scheduled to start June 1. The process of hiring part-time staff will begin in May, but the decisions will be up to the director.

Superintendent Ken Crawford said he hopes the staff will be “ready to roll by the first week in June.”

The Wellness Center Committee will be sending out a survey to members of the community the second week in May to determine potential use. The Center right now has all of the basic equipment ready to be installed, but other activities, such as classes, have yet to be determined. Yoga, and perhaps something like Tai Kwan Do, look like possibilities, but only if there is a demand. Classes, however, won’t be offered until July. But, as board member Joel Yedlik said, “When people come and see what is offered, and what is possible, they’re going to say ‘Wow.’”

Encouraging people to come see for themselves is high on the committee’s and the school board’s list of priorities. The board discussed a possible open house to be held the last week in May. The aim, according to board member Christina Magruder, is to snag people attending other school functions, and holding an open house the same day as the Alumni Banquet (May 26) or graduation (May 27) were considered by the group definite “maybes,” as was having an open house coinciding with scheduled sports events.

Plans for a grand opening complete with a ribbon-cutting ceremony are more definite. The date set is Monday, June 18.

The Center, however, will be open to the public before that and as close to June 1 as possible.

Supporting the Center is another issue, and every effort will be made to keep the finances of the Center separate from the finances of the school. There will be fees, and there will be several options.

People can buy a yearly membership. They can buy a “punch card.” They can pay at the door. A membership card has the advantage of allowing members to use the Center after hours. The card will open the door when the building is otherwise closed, although exact times are yet to be set. And an energy-saving feature has already been installed.

The interior lights are motion sensitive. They come on when people are in the vicinity and turn off when they aren’t.

The Center will be open to all people in the Lone Tree area, including Nichols, River Junction, Riverside and Hills.

The Center’s first public affair will be to host the June 4 City Council meeting. Everyone is welcome.

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