There will be plenty of upcoming summer projects for Guthrie Public Schools, including a hardwood surface for the high school’s north gym.
With a unanimous vote (7-0) by the school board on Monday, the synthetic floor in the school’s second gym, commonly known as the North Gym, will soon be receiving a traditional hardwood surface.
Along with physical education classes, the gym serves as a practice facility to both high school basketball programs. In addition, the Guthrie YMCA has used the facility for their basketball season.
Both past and present athletes have fought with the four-decade old (built in the late 1970’s) synthetic surface when it came to traction.
“I’m thrilled that we are going to be able to get this project done for the high school, board president Tina Smedley said in her comments. “I know how desperate we are for gym space in our district. This is going to be a great value added to our district.”
The cost of the project is listed at $76,780 and was awarded to the lone bidder of Sports Unlimited.
The project will be paid through the Building Fund.
“We had been a little over budget in our bond projects, but we have confidence that we have some successful engineering that we will be able to address,” Superintendent Dr. Mike Simpson told school board members. “With full confidence, we have the funds to go ahead.”
According to Simpson, the hardwood surface will go over the synthetic surface.
Last year a heat and air system was installed in the same gym.