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Stanley-Boyd gym floor may need to be replaced

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Stanley (WQOW) - Practices and tournaments that use gym floors over the summer may need to be rescheduled at one area high school. The Stanley-Boyd school district has found moisture under its gym floor, which is surprising given how long it's been in place.

"We've been told by everybody that's looked at it that it's not a safety risk," said Stanley-Boyd Superintendent Jim Jones.

The Stanley-Boyd high school gym was put in four years ago.

"It's a new floor, and we wanted it to look nice. So we assumed we were going to sand it off and start over and flatten it. The contractor we had for doing that wanted first to make sure that the floor underneath was dry," Jones said.

What they found was moisture; a brown substance the school says will need to be examined closer. Right now though, the school will continue using the floor.

"We intend to play this year on it. Phys Ed classes are on it every day, it's not a tripping hazard. The floor itself is pretty much the same as anybody else's floor at this point as long as that rippling doesn't get worse," said Jones.

At the end of this school year, the section of floor below that basket will be torn up, and that's when the school will figure out what they need to do long-term. If the school needs to replace the floor, Jones says they will have that floor in place and ready to go by next fall.

"We may actually have to pull up the cement underneath it. We have to figure out where the water is coming from and fix that. And then we'll either be able to refinish the floor, or put a new floor in," Jones said.

Jones also added that there are no pipes he is aware of that run underneath the gym. If the floor does end up needing to be replaced, it may be covered by insurance.

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