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Bronxville Schools Gym Floor Almost Ready

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – Workers at Bronxville Schools are putting the finishing touches on a brand new floor for the gym.

Assistant Superintendent John Kehoe said the gym should be available for use by mid-December.

"Right now we are on track to open the gym by Dec. 11," Kehoe said Tuesday. "By then the floor would have been replaced, sealed and lines put down."

Tropical Storm Irene destroyed the wooden floor in the gym just a few days before school was set to start in September. The flood waters rose to nearly four feet deep. The floor had to be ripped out when the flood waters receded and the boards were thrown away. This is the second time in a few years that Bronxville Schools had to replace the gym floor. The last time was in 2008.

The Bronxville Board of Education considered replacing the wooden floor with one made from a waterproof material. Only an exact replacement of the old floor, however, would be covered by the insurance and the district would have had to pay out of pocket for any other type of new flooring.

But Kehoe said it was not the expense that determined the outcome of the type of floor the school decided to use.

"We looked at other types of floors and nothing would be appropriate for the kinds of sports and activities held in the gym other than a wood floor," Kehoe said.

The district did make some modifications to the gym floor.

"We have a concrete base now, a vapor barrier and a floor that is a combination of wood and some plastic," Kehoe said.

Now that the floor is nearly complete, the next step will be replacing the pads on the walls and the bleachers.

"The seats on the bleachers are fine, but we are testing the footings to make sure they are safe," he said.

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