BELDING — As temperatures continue to drop and and the window for motivation to run outdoors slowly closes, Belding High School is offering the public a warmer option with the use of the school’s new indoor track.
Starting Nov. 26, the indoor track that was built on the second story of the school’s new gymnasium will be open to the public, allowing runners and walkers to use the circular path during and after school hours.
Belding school board members voted Monday night on an outline of procedures to be put into place within the school’s administrative guidelines for the district’s Facilities Use Board Policy.
The revisions outline the steps of how to use the track, as well as at what time during the day the track will be open.
Interim Superintendent Sara Shriver said the Facilities Use Committee met three times to develop the recommendations and that she is personally excited to open the new track to public use.
“We have a great sense of urgency to allow the track to be used at this time,” Shriver said. “We know there are a lot of people and groups of walkers and runners who are excited to use it.”
According to the revisions passed unanimously Monday night, there will be two sets of rules outlining how to use the new track, during school hours and after.
During school hours, users of the track will be required to check in at the high school office. After presenting valid ID and completing a background check, the user will sign a waiver and then receive an ID clip with track access. At that point, the track can be used to their delight until they are finished and then return the ID clip and sign out.
The track hours during school hours will be 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For after school hours, the same rules will apply, but without the required background check.
“We had talked about having background checks for those who want to use the track after school hours, but we decided we didn’t really need to have them when students aren’t in session at the school,” Shriver said. “Everyone will still have to sign a waiver.”
School board member Cori Anderson said she was glad to see the track finally open to the public.
“It sounds like we’ve come to a good arrangement as far as the use of these facilities,” she said. “I’m excited to see it being used.”
Shriver said the outline of procedures is still in draft form adding that, “there are a few details left to iron out.”
The Facility Use Committee will continue meeting to review the current administrative guidelines in order to bring a full administrative guideline recommendation at the December board meeting.
When used during after school hours, a Facility Use Committee member will be assigned to be present at the track, monitor check in and check out procedures, and will close the facility.
If the track is desired to be used during school activities such as basketball or volleyball games, the standard entry fee to those events will be charged.