Fowler Public Schools

FOWLER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Eagle Fitness FAQ

What is the status of the new Eagle Fitness Center facility?

The Eagle Fitness Center is officially open, and will be accepting rentals, reservations, and memberships.

When will school and community groups begin to use the fitness center?

Starting on September 6, 2023, the facility will officially be open for use in a couple of different manners. One will be as a paying member of the facility. The other option will be through a rental/reservation of the spaces. Keep in mind that there are some times that are closed specifically for school-related items. 

How can I rent or reserve the new recreation gym, or any of our other gyms for that matter?

Rentals and reservations can be done by submitting the Eagle Facility Rental Request Form online. Processing of your request could take up to a couple of days. To guarantee a request can be processed, rental requests must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to the request occurring.  

When will individual memberships be available for the Eagle Fitness Center for use of the cardio room, weight room, or track?

Eagle Fitness Memberships are officially open as of September 6, 2023. You can request a membership by fill out the Eagle Fitness Membership Request Form online. Processing of your request could take up to a couple of days. 

What are the rental reservation and membership rates for using the fitness center and our gyms?

The rates have been set by the School Board, and can be found on our website or by clicking here.

Why is there any cost at all for using these facilities when taxpayers have already paid to build the facility?

We absolutely appreciate the support our community members and taxpayers have provided in passing the millage and enabling the construction of our beautiful new facility. As shared prior to the mileage election, membership rates and facility use rental fees are needed to offset the ongoing costs of utilities, maintenance, equipment replacement, and staffing for community use so that it does not direct funds away from student programs. Since the community has already paid for the construction of the facility, our membership rates will be less than half of those typically paid at private gyms and fitness centers, and the rental rates are set on the low end of those charged and other local school districts. Nonresidents will also have opportunities to use our facilities, but will pay a higher rate.

How will the scheduling of our facilities be prioritized among the many potential groups and users?

As has always been our practice in scheduling our facilities, we will generally schedule school teams and school sponsored groups first, groups made up primarily of district residents second, and groups made up fully or primarily of non-residents third.

What days and hours will the fitness center and gyms be available for use?

Hours of operations can be found on the fitness center website or by clicking here. It should be noted that with opening memberships, there will no longer be drop in or staffed hours. 

What safety and security measures will be in place, especially if the fitness center is available during school hours?

Eagle Fitness members that use the facility during the school day will be required to submit to a background check. It is the same background check we currently use for school volunteers. We will also be using a punch pad system with an individual code assigned to each member and renter for entry into the fitness center limiting access to only those who have had the background check. The portion of the building typically available to fitness club members and daytime gym users will be the weight room, cardio room, track and recreational gym. The three sets of doors that separate the athletic center from the rest of the school building will be set to alarm should fitness centers users pass through them during the school day. All areas of the fitness center will also be monitored with security cameras. 

Have all the details been worked out to assure that the fitness center and facilities use plans will work perfectly moving forward?

Absolutely not! While we have a clear vision that we want to make our facilities readily available to our community, and an initial plan to get that use underway, we know that there will be issues that arise that have to be worked out along the way. Just like building our new facility had a simple, black and white blueprint for its construction. There were many, many adjustments made during the process to improve and adjust those initial plans resulting in an improved, outstanding facility. The same will be true for our work to fill the new facility with programs, activities, and opportunities that meet the needs of our kids and community. The information contained in this Q&A is an overview of that initial plan. Many more details have been considered and others will continue to emerge. We are happy to get this facility open to our community and ask for your continued patience as we refine our processes to fulfill our mission to meet our student and community needs.

If I have additional questions. Who do I contact for the answers?

All questions regarding the use of our facilities, and Eagle Fitness memberships should be directed to our Eagle Fitness email account at eaglefitnesscoordinator@fowlerschools.net and we will be happy to get back with you during regular business hours.