The physical education facilities at Moline High School are getting a multi-million dollar face-lift.
On Monday night, the Moline-Coal Valley School District unanimously approved a new multi-purpose facility.
It’s estimated it will cost between $12 and $13 million to complete.
On Tuesday, Physical Education Department Chair, Kevin Gorgal, says the current facilities need an upgrade.
“Well we’re pretty cramped in our current facilities right here so it’s going to mean our students can learn and really workout in a safer environment in terms of not being outside all the time but also not having fifty kids in a room like this,” said Gorgal.
The facility is expected to include four multi-purpose courts, upgraded locker rooms and a new weight room.
Senior Xavier Scritchfield said even though he’s graduating, he plans to come back and see the finished product.
“It’s everything,” he said. “I’ll likely be around the community for a couple more years so I hope to see the athletics get better and the training get better due to the new opportunities.”
Mike Morrissey, a physical education teacher at the high school, said it will give more students a chance to succeed.
“I think it’s exciting,” he said. “I think it’s an unbelievable committment obviously to our kids and our community and the physical education curriculum in general. You know we’ve been pretty creative with what we’re able to do here with the space that we have. But when you have an adequate facility and a facility that is state of the art and cutting edge, I think it really opens up opportunities for our kids to get a different side of things.”
A six-lane track and a new swimming pool are also included in the new facility.
“We want to incorporate everyone and it’s really hard with the tight spaces so having a bigger space and better equipment is really a nice thing,” said senior Lauren Brahm.
In addition to the new facility, board members also approved upgrading the high school’s auditorium and installing air conditioning throughout the building starting this summer.
The Moline-Coal Valley board members will now determine the final total for the facility and how long it will take to complete.