South Allegheny School District broke ground July 2 on a $1 million South Allegheny Community Learning and Wellness Center.
The center, to be housed in a 66-by-64-foot addition to the high school auxiliary gym, will contain $100,000 in cardiovascular fitness equipment bought with a grant from the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness.
District residents will be able to use the equipment when school is not in session, district spokeswoman Laura Thomson said.
The community center also will house a career training area where district residents will be able to work on online resume writing and interview preparation using software provided by Careerlink.
Construction is scheduled to be completed in the fall, and the fitness center might be open for use by residents in late fall, Ms. Thomson said.
According to Ms. Thomson, $150,000 of the cost will come from a grant issued through the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County from the Allegheny County Economic Development Community Infrastructure Tourism Fund.
A bond issue will provide the rest of the money, she said.
South Allegheny school board President Luke Riley said he hopes as many residents of the district's four boroughs -- Glassport, Liberty, Lincoln and Port Vue -- use the center as possible.
"I think it will be a terrific asset to the community," he said.
Anne Cloonan, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org.