The board, he continued, received responses to just two of the questions, though, he would not say which two, and had delayed responding to the group’s building-use request until the third question was answered.
While there is a fee to participate in the classes, LaPoint told the board at the meeting, it is waived for all students and for any adults who cannot afford to pay.
Peru Zumba, she continued, was a “perfect exercise program for all ages, all shapes and all sizes” and provided an extended family for its participants.
“As a Zumba family, Zumba members would also give to various local causes, contributing to fundraisers for a community family that loss their home, food drives for local food shelves and money to give to schools for supplies, just to name a few,” LaPoint said.
“But Peru Zumba was not intended to be a profit program. It was the intention of the instructors to make a healthier and happier Peru community.”
‘HEART OF COMMUNITY’
Later in the meeting, Brimstein told attendees he appreciated Stafford’s comments, as they were in line with the points he, too, wished to make.
“The district has a very strong commitment to serving its community because school is the heart of the community; school is the place where entertainment takes place,” he said.
The district receives many facilities-use requests, the superintendent continued, but without streamlined guidelines in place, it’s difficult to ensure the law is being followed and that all requests are given equitable consideration.
“We have to honor and represent all interests, not just those that we traditionally have acknowledged and not just those of people who happen to know somebody on the inside,” he said.
While the board has put off responding to some requests until more information about the intent of the events can be gathered, Brimstein continued, “to the best of my knowledge there hasn’t been a board action, (and) there hasn’t been a disapproval on any request forms.”