A very brief meeting of the Unit No. 3 School Board was held Tuesday evening to make a final decision regarding a proposal to build a fitness center on the grounds of Harrisburg Middle School, which was brought up at the regular meeting earlier this month but a vote was not taken on the matter at that time.
Physical education staff and students have been raising funds for the building for some time and now have enough money in the account to cover their costs, with help from the trades class at Southeastern Illinois College, who have agreed to construct the building as their spring project.
The board emphasized there will be no funding from the district to complete the fitness center.
"Given our current financial situation, the district will not be providing any funding for this building," said board member Molly Wilson Dearing.
Board president Tom DeNeal expressed some concerns about how the building will look next to the middle school and whether they have acquired enough funds to make the fitness center more than "just a pole barn."
"We're not going to build the Taj Mahal," Middle School Principal John Crabb said, receiving a few laughs from the board.
However, he ensured them the fitness center will not be aesthetically unappealing and the board ended up approving the proposal unanimously.