Bellin, Green Bay School District announce partnership
Agreement includes transfer of historic building to district
GREEN BAY — Ownership of the city’s oldest original school building will return to the Green Bay Area Public School District as part of an agreement with Bellin Health. Under the partnership, Bellin Health will continue its long-term athletic training relationship with Green Bay student athletes and offer expanded health and wellness services to students and faculty.
The Whitney School Building, 215 North Webster Ave., is named for Navarino founder Daniel Whitney. It was constructed in 1871 and served as a school until 1979, when it closed. The 40,000-square-foot building will be available to the school district later this year, following a transitional period.
“We’re obviously pleased to have a building of such historic value return to the district and this agreement demonstrates Bellin’s commitment to our community,” said Dan Nerad, the district superintendent. “We have yet to determine how the building will be used. However, members of the district can be assured that it will be used in a way that is most beneficial to our students.”
“We have a combined 250 years in this community,” said George Kerwin, Bellin Health CEO and president, noting that the school district celebrated its 150th anniversary last year, and Bellin Health is celebrating its 100th this year. “This partnership allows Bellin — through the school system — to further engage this community in living a healthier lifestyle.”
Bellin Health purchased the building in 1981 and has used the location for administrative offices, a fitness center, a physical therapy center, lab services and other clinical uses. Those services will be incorporated into other locations within the health system.
The agreement enables the health care system to continue its long-term athletic training relationship with Green Bay student athletes and offer expanded health and wellness services to students and faculty. Under the agreement — effective through the 2017 school year — licensed athletic trainers from Bellin Health will work with the district’s high school athletes providing measures for prevention, assessment, treatment and referral of athletic injuries, along with athletic performance training.
“We’re pleased to continue our 12-year relationship with the school district and its students,” said Kristy Carter, one of four licensed athletic trainers, each dedicated to one of Green Bay’s four high schools. “Through this partnership, we are providing the tools these young people need to achieve their health and fitness goals now and in the future.”