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FARMINGTON — The Farmington Municipal School District Board of Education is taking a different approach to ensuring that district facilities have proper equipment and furnishings.

Board members approved the purchase of $92,940 in new equipment for the Piedra Vista High School weight room during their Sept. 10 meeting.

A $1.22 million weight room expansion was approved in March and increases the size of the facility by 6,000 square feet to about 8,800 square feet.

The initial proposal to purchase the equipment called for using $45,000 raised by private donations and fundraising with a $47,940 loan from the operations budget paid back across two years, according to Ted Lasiewicz, the district's chief of operations.

But board members approved funding for the equipment with the understanding that the full amount might be paid by bond funds or from the district's operations budget, and the $45,000 raised by the school staff would remain with the school.

Randy Bondow, the district's chief financial officer, said on Monday the district will pay the full amount from the 2014 general obligation bonds.

School board President Kyle Rhodes said board members want to set a new course for the district and ensure funding for equipment in new district facilities.

"We don't build a school and not put desks in it," Rhodes said in a Tuesday interview. "If we build a weight room, we need to take responsibility to fill it."

Rhodes said Farmington High School has previously paid for weight room equipment through private and community donations.

"We just want those funds that the athletics or activities have raised to help the program, not equip the weight room. That is the responsibility of the district," Rhodes said.

BSN Sports of Dallas, Texas, won the bid to supply the equipment with the $92,940 covering the cost of the equipment, transportation and installation.

Lasiewicz said the new equipment includes dumbbells, weight racks, kettle bells, medicine balls and more.

He said the equipment is expected to arrive toward the end of November or early December. Construction on the expanded weight room is projected to be finished during the first week of October.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 and jkellogg@daily-times.com. Follow him @jkelloggdt on Twitter.

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