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Wear and tear on gym floor causing safety hazards, school plans to replace in May 2020

PMG PHOTO: NICOLE THILL-PACHECO - The Scappoose High School gym is used for a variety of athletics and other activities, but is showing signs of wear and tear and in need of a full replacement.Scappoose High School will be getting a brand new gymnasium floor next year, after the current flooring showed significant signs of wear and tear.

Staff from the high school and district office approached the Scappoose School Board on Monday night, May 13, to request funding approval to replace the flooring, which will cost just under $200,000.

Finance Director Mitch Neilson and SHS Athletic Director Adam Strachan explained the dangers of leaving the floor as-is. Neilson said at least two students have been injured, including an incident he witnessed during a youth basketball game where a student, "ripped his hand open diving for the ball," he said.

"We need floor replacement to ensure the safety of students," Strachan added.

The floors in the high school gym were resurfaced several years ago, but have not been fully replaced in decades. Now, the floor is showing deterioration and, in certain places, wood nails are popping up, causing a safety hazard.

Several board members commented anecdotally during the board meeting how they have heard stories from students about Vice Principal Brad McKedy walking through the gym with a hammer during the school day, looking for nails that have popped up recently.

After reviewing three bids for flooring replacement, the school board unanimously approved a motion to move forward with A-Game Courts to install new hardwood flooring in the gym. The $190,000 bid was the lowest of the three and will be paid for using money available in the dis-

trict's construction excise tax fund and will not impact the general fund, Neilson explained.

Due to a busy workload for A-Game Courts and the impact a floor replacement will have on sports teams that use the gym, the replacement will likely not begin until May next year. By approving the

floor replacement, the district can be added to the company's project list for next spring.

In the meantime, however, A-Game Courts will come out to the school to temporarily repair the floor so it is safe for students to use. The temporary fix is expected to cost about $2,500, Neilson added.

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