Paulina School gym nearly done

Project funded by local school bond will conclude next month

PHOTO COURTESY OF BRETT HUDSON - Work continued on the new Paulina Elementary School pre-fabricated gymnasium on Wednesday. Griffin Construction plans to be done by mid-December.

A community request is becoming a reality as crews complete the finishing touches on a pre-fabricated gymnasium at Paulina Elementary School.

Paulina community members voiced their need for a new gymnasium after the passage of the school bond measure in 2013 that was to finance a new elementary school and improve school facilities in the district.

The rural Paulina Elementary School serves 22 students in kindergarten through eighth grade and has two on-site teachers.

The gymnasium will be completed by the second week of December, construction project manager Jerry Milstead told the Crook County School District Board of Directors at its Nov. 9 meeting.

The gymnasium is connected to the existing school building. The new restrooms being constructed in part of the old gym are on schedule to be completed at the end of November.

Paulina community members had said that a better gym facility was important to them, said Heidi Freeman, the project support specialist with the Crook County School District. The old gym wasn’t large enough for sporting events.

“It was basically a multi-purpose room with basketball hoops,” Freeman explained. “The floor was not as safe for students as a regular gym floor.”

Griffin Construction began the project in July.

New vinyl composition tile flooring was installed this fall in the hallway and former gymnasium to match the new flooring in the library, hallway, kitchen and part of the office. The office area has new carpet.

The old gymnasium now serves as a cafeteria and multipurpose room, and the former cafeteria is now used as the media/library room.

The new gym features resilient athletic flooring as well as basketball and volleyball equipment, Freeman said. Paulina-area residents will be welcome to use the facility as a community center for various events.

In addition to the new flooring and gymnasium, parts of Paulina Elementary School got fresh paint, two new windows in the new cafeteria, and a reconfigured kitchen. The reception area now has new windows that look out into the entrance bay, Milstead pointed out to board members.

Stairs and a new wheelchair-accessible ramp were constructed this summer to access a modular building, which was moved to make way for the new gym. Sidewalks were installed between the two modulars and the main school building. The administrative office moved into the main building, and restrooms were updated. Additionally, two new propane tanks were installed this fall.

The entire Paulina Elementary School upgrade project cost $940,000, Freeman said.


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