Cornerstone gym closes, others provide alternate

As Dexter grows it gains more businesses that allow it to transform from a village to a city. And as the demand for exercise grows the exercise businesses in town do too. Many citizens in Dexter have memberships to SNAP fitness and the Dexter Wellness Center, both of which have their own positives and negatives said frequent members.

The newest of the three is the Dexter Wellness Center. The Wellness Center which opened June 1 has many forms of fitness to offer.

In the gym there is an indoor walking/running track, ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, and other cardiovascular machines, free-weight training equipment, a lap swimming pool, warm water therapy pool, a basketball court, an outdoor sand volleyball court and locker rooms with showers and saunas.

Along with the new equipment, the Dexter Wellness Center offers classes for those who prefer to work in groups. Some of the classes it offers include aquatics, yoga and pilates, private swim lessons and group exercises. It also offers massage therapy.

Another benefit to the Dexter Wellness Center is the childcare they offer for those parents who need someone to take care of their kid while they focus on a strong workout for themselves. The gym offers a variety of memberships for individuals, seniors, couples and families.

Although the gym has a lot to offer, it can be pricey and not everyone can afford the luxury of the new Wellness center says senior Evan Morrison who was a member at the Wellness Center.

“I love how extravagant the Wellness Center is, but I just didn’t use my membership enough for the cost. Maybe if I went more it would have been worth it,” he said.

Another facility for working out is Snap Fitness. Located in the heart of Dexter,  it’s open 24/7 so a person can access the gym when it suits them best. With similar workout equipment to the Wellness Center, Snap also has its positives and negatives says senior Garret Weng a member at Snap.

Snap Fitness always being open is convenient, but that’s not always a good thing. During late hours there isn’t a consultant or trainer there to help Weng said.

Senior Katherine D’Angelo said sees both places as having their niche.

She said, “They’re both good because Snap is open all the time, and The Wellness Center has a lot of options. They’re both convenient depending on your situation.”

New superintendent comes from Adrian

He smiled, shook hands with the Board of Education, embraced his wife. He had been offered–and had accepted immediately–the career opportunity that he felt he could work until retirement.

On June 12, the Dexter Community Schools hired Dr. Chris Timmis as the new district superintendent.

The position was vacated after Mary Marshall, Dexter’s superintendent of three years, left for a job at Pentwater Public Schools. Dennis Desmarais then filled in as interim superintendent until the Board of Education hired Timmis.

“I was extremely excited and continue to be quite excited by this new opportunity,” Timmis said.

Timmis, who worked as the superintendent for Adrian Public Schools before coming to Dexter, said he was drawn to the district because of its huge potential.

“There are opportunities here to take a really outstanding school district and make it one of the best school districts in the country,” he said. “This is a school district that could do it.”

Timmis said he was confident in Dexter’s ability to become the best because of the success he had at Adrian.

Much of this success was oriented around establishing programs for the students. From an interactive virtual school–which allows students to work from anywhere at anytime–to sending students to sister schools Japan and Germany to learn about the culture, Timmis said he has tried to expand the learning environment of students.

These achievements have inspired Timmis concerning Dexter’s future.

“I look at what we were able to do at Adrian, and I think about what the potential here at Dexter is,” he said. “There isn’t a ceiling for what can happen.”

And the first step for Timmis is to create a strategic plan for the district, something that will determine what direction Dexter’s future is heading.

To do this, he said he will spend the first 120 days of school meeting with different groups to get their opinions on the condition of the district, culminating in Timmis releasing a “State of the District” sometime in January.

And the most important part of his job is paying attention to the needs of the community, according to Timmis.

“There is an infinite amount of things you can do in a school system to make it an even more attractive school system to students and parents, and it just has to be whatever the community wants it to be,” he said. “As soon as you get that bold vision, that plan, my job is to get us there.”