Rec district calls on GHS students

by nathan oster

A group of students from one of Ralph Wensky’s industrial arts classes at Greybull High School is helping to develop a vision for future improvements to the Herb Asp Community Center.

Heather Howe, director of the Greybull Recreation District, told the recreation district’s board of directors Monday night that she’d reached out to Wensky to see if he and his students could help create some drawings for a grant she is pursuing.

She said she gave Wensky’s class “a wish list of things we’d like to do” and that students have visited the community hall twice to get measurements.

Wensky, in an email, said he hadn’t taught any architectural drafting in a few years, but is doing so this year through this project.  So far, it’s been well received. “The kids seem very excited to do architecture instead of the regular mechanical drafting we normally do,” he wrote.

“We are going to help out by coming up with some floor plan ideas that incorporate some of the changes the board would like to make,” wrote Wensky. “It’s pretty open ended, so my students will take their ideas and see what they can change/remodel in the building.”

The first priority is to make a floor plan of the building as it currently exists. Three of his more experienced (second-, third- or fourth-year) students in Cody Strauch, Jordan Nielson and Mariah Mills, are tackling that aspect of the project while Wensky brings the beginners up to speed.

Eventually they will team up and start talking changes to the existing floor plan.

“I hope to take it far enough that they actually meet with Heather and the rec board to present their ideas and get feedback,” wrote Wensky.

Howe said the grant she’s pursuing, a Community Facilities Grant, has a December deadline for applications.

In other rec district news discussed Monday night:

• Howe said the washer and dryer have been installed, though an electrician needed to come in and change a plug for the dryer, at a cost to the district of around $300.  She added that the doors to the storage area are broken and that a solution is needed.

On the subject of improvements, Howe said the rec district received its bill from the town for the installation of air conditioning at the community hall.  The rec district’s share came to around $3,700.

• Supt. Barry Bryant offered the only update on the swimming pool project, saying demolition is currently being held up by the abatement process.  The state will be paying for the demolition — a good thing, consider the price of demolishing the pool has climbed from an estimated to $141,000 to closer to $300,000, Bryant said.  But by the time the abatement is done, all of the leftover pool chemicals will have been dealt with.  Bryant said his best guess on when the pool might be ready for demolition is either winter or spring.

• Howe reported that the storm on Sept. 17 caused both vents on the south side of the building to leak again.  She’s been in contact with Dalen Davis, the town foreman, as well as Everett Bond of E&M Heating and Air Conditioning.  She was told to continue to try working with Bond to fix the problem.

• Howe covered all the programming hits and misses in her monthly director’s report.

The district held a “teen dance” on Oct. 12, with 22 students attending.  Howe said she and Trysta Williams recently met with the GMS Student Council to discuss what programs they’d be interested in.  “Most of them are things we’ve done before,” she said, adding that it’s a challenge to get news about rec district programs to middle school students.  Most of them expressed a desire to get text messages — Howe said she’d be looking into ways of doing that — or to get program information through the mail.

Roller skating numbers have been very good, with the early skate averaging 15-20 students and the late skate 20-40 students. The district will be running a food drive for Community Outreach in November, offering $1 off admission in exchange for a non-perishable food item.  She said the district has also been giving older skaters a chance to skate for free by serving as a “roller rink monitor” during the early skate.

Intramural boys basketball starts Tuesday, Oct. 29.

EdZooCate, where a representative of Zoo Montana brought animal ambassadors to Greybull on Sept. 20, drew around 80 attendees.

Messy Me wrapped up Tuesday. Nine kids were involved in that class, which offered a variety of messy activities and crafts.

The Get Up and Glow 5K went off with 41 participants.  There were three stations along the route where different glow-in-the-dark/LED items could be picked up, according to Howe.

Lindsay Casey has seven students in her creative movement class and 11 in her performance dance class.

Cathy Thomson is coming down from Lovell to teach gymnastics again this year.  Thirty-two children are participating in three difference classes.

The rec district’s “How to Be a Zombie” event wasn’t very successful, with just two attending. But the Haunted Hall, also held last week, was deemed a success, with 80 people going through the hall, which was decorated in scary movie themes.

Among the upcoming classes and programs are Lil Hoopers, an after school skate, a self defense course taught by members of the Greybull Police Department, a send out cards class and the harvest party.