CCS Fitness Center to ‘temporarily’ close due to financial woes

Published Aug 1, 2018 at 4:00pm

CLINTON — The Clinton Central School Fitness Center will close its doors “temporarily” starting Wednesday, Aug. 1, according to a letter sent to community members dated July 27 by the school district.

A meeting to discuss the future of the Fitness Center with the community has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8 at the center.

Superintendent Stephen L. Grimm had mentioned during the last Clinton Board of Education meeting in June that the fitness center was suffering financially according
to quarterly reports.

“I regret to inform you that we have found it necessary to temporarily close the Fitness Center...and refunds will be issued as soon as possible,” the letter, signed by Dr. Grimm, stated.

“This will only effect the Fitness Center exercise room, not the classes with instructors. Classes will continue to function as scheduled.”

Grimm went on to further explain that the center had been operating with losses that have been subsidized by the school budget. Losses are mostly associated with the cost of supervision for the Fitness Center Room, not the classes, he said.

“While we expect there will be a cost deficit in its operation to a certain extent, the losses we experienced over the last two years — approximately $14,000 in 2016-17, and approximately $18,000 in 2017-18 — are simply too much, and we cannot continue to operate in such a manner without a significant change to our delivery model,” Grimm stated. “At a loss averaging around $1,500 per month, we know that time is of the essence in our response.”

He said, “The Fitness Center is certainly a community asset and is important to both our students and community. It is my hope that we can work together to identify positive changes to the business model that will allow us to reopen it to the public as soon as possible.”