Beacon citizens unite:
Our community is finally undergoing a renaissance after years of stagnation. We have suffered through crime, drugs, dysfunctional schools and elected officials that did not address the needs of the community. At last Beacon is making progress; the citizens are getting involved and you can see improvement all around the city. We passed a budget to build a new high school and in return the community was promised access to the pool and fitness center ironically it is listed on the Beacon City website as a positive feature. I say ironically because the school board voted to indefinitely close the pool and fitness center to the public. When a group of concerned citizens drafted a petition and presented it to the members of the board, Mr.William Zopf, president of the board said they would reconsider their decision. However at the next meeting the decision remained the same and further more, “facilities would no longer be open to the public.” When pressed for a reason, Mr. Charles Symon - Asst. Superintendent of Media & Operations said they needed to make cuts and closing the school to the public would save money. He also said the community members lost interest and the annual fees collected did not cover the operating costs. It was an arbitrary decision made by the board on the recommendation of Mr. Symon.
The members of the community that use the facility offered to work with the board to reach an agreement that would be acceptable to both sides of the issue. If there are people in the community who believe that the school is a shared asset to be used by the students for education and the community who are paying the bills then please support this effort to keep the Fitness Center and the High School Pool available to the citizens of Beacon.
Below is the paragraph which appears on the Beacon website advertising the additional benefits of the city of Beacon. Regrettably the board of education has not
supported this position.
Public Pool and Fitness Center at the Beacon High School
Our state-of-art high school has a beautiful pool and fitness center which is open to the public. For a low annual membership of $135 community members can support the maintenance and staffing of the pool and fitness center during the community access hours. The staff include friendly student life guards and helpful school staff that make all community members feel welcome in this wonderful facility. For hours and directions visit Pool and Fitness Center Information Online