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Bronxville Schools' Basketball Season on Track

BRONXVILLE, N.Y. – With the basketball season only a few weeks away from starting, and the wooden floor in the gym destroyed by a tropical storm, Bronxville High School Athletic Director Karen Peterson has been busy making other plans.

"I have been in touch with Sarah Lawrence and Cooperstown in Mount Vernon," Peterson said. "We have moved some of the early games. We are also working with the opposing teams trying to move around the schedule in that way."

The board of education has been weighing its options to replace the wooden floor with the same floor destroyed by flood waters or to replace it with a different substance that could potentially survive another flood.

The district’s insurance would only replace an exact replica of the traditional wood floor. But that type of floor has been destroyed by water damage twice in the last four years.

If the district opts to put a floor that could withstand flood waters, then it would not be covered under insurance.

In the meantime, practice for the school district's six basketball teams is scheduled to begin in mid-November, with the first games scheduled for the first week in December. Peterson said there are intermural basketball teams with games for sixth, seventh and eighth graders on the agenda as well.

Since the Tropical Storm Irene left the gym and other parts of the first level of the building under three feet of water just a week before school opened, Peterson said her staff of physical education teachers have been holding classes outside or in the smaller "blue" gym.

"They have been climbing ropes and are using the climbing wall in the blue gym," Peterson said. "We are expecting wall mats soon and then they will be able to do season. "We are working on it and believe it will all work out well.”

The offices surrounding the gym have been restored and are back up and running, Peterson said.

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