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8/11/2017 10:17:00 AM
'Quick fix' for RHS gym floor to take a week
Efforts to restore the Robinson High School gymnasium floor to a useful condition were approved Monday.

Robinson Unit 2 board members, during a special meeting, authorized Missouri Floor Co. to perform a "quick fix" on the damaged floor so it can be used through the 2017-18 school year. The cost is not to exceed $20,000.

If necessary, more extensive repairs will be scheduled after the school year ends in May.

The board learned in July bulges were forming in the gym floor. It had "bubbled" up in two or three places, with the worst hump being at the three-point line near the west end of the main basketball court.

Superintendent Josh Quick explained a combination of factors allowed ground moisture to warp the 10-year-old floor.

The floor sits atop a layer of plywood, which in turn "floats" on a series of hard rubber "feet" that give the playing surface its "spring." Beneath the feet is plastic moisture barrier that covers two adjoining concrete pads.

Over the years, the seam between the pads has widened slightly, allowing water from the ground below to seep upward. Meanwhile, through the natural movement of the floor, one of the feet became positioned over the seam.

As a result, the foot wore through the moisture barrier, allowing the water to soak into the plywood and, eventually, the gym floor.

Work on the floor will likely not start before the last week of the month or early September. Repairs will include "lacing" new maple strips into the gym floor and covering the entire floor with a coating that will provide a consistent surface.

Repairs should take about a week. In the meantime, it may be necessary for the RHS volleyball team to practice at Nuttall Middle School. The Lady Maroons may have to play their first home games of the season at NMS, too.

Once the district's architect and the workers have had a chance to see how extensive the damage is, a decision will be made how much additional work may be needed. It is likely a more permanent solution will be expensive enough to require the board to seek bids for the project.

Quick also said the district's insurance provider is sending an adjustor and an engineer to look at the damage. It is possible some of it may be covered.

Also Monday, the board heard an update on cleanup of a property across the street from RHS.

Unit 2 purchased the property some time ago and recently had one of two derelict houses on the parcel demolished by J.B. Holmes.

"He did a nice job," Quick said.

Unit 2 employees are finishing the cleanup. Meanwhile, Quick will speak to Holmes about the cost of removing the second house on the land. While in better condition that the other house, it suffers "significant" foundation damage.

In personnel matters, the resignation of Jessica Sisil as NMS sixth-grade language arts teacher and sixth-grade team leader was accepted. Courney Klier will take over as team leader, while Melinda Harmon will assume teaching spot. Her job as an elementary reading teacher will be posted.

Tiffany White was hired as a seventh-grade language arts teacher and Lindsey Kelsheimer was hired as an NMS special education paraprofessional. Jaymie Mikeworth, Bob Duzan and Sonia Albright were named to supervise detention at RHS, replacing Eva Hester, who has retired.

The resignations of NMS secretary Jodie Richart and RHS cook's helper Shelley Hatfield also were accepted.

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