Auditorium, Gym Getting Renovated

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

It's been trampled on for almost 50 years. But now the gym floor at a local high school is getting a facelift.

Work is expected to start in early July on a new gym floor at Waynesboro High School. The project got the go-ahead Monday night, after city council approved $45,000 in funding.

City council also approved more than $125,000 to improve the heating and cooling system in the school's auditorium.

The gym floor was originally installed in 1957, and Principal Mitch Peeling says it's starting to show its age.

"You can see where the nail heads have begun to pop up through the floor, in certain parts of the floor," he said. "So while it hasn't created a dangerous situation yet, it's just a matter of time before it does, and so we're really pleased that that's going to get done."

The high school underwent an $8.5 million renovation just three years ago, but Peeling says there will always be more work to do.

"You run 800 to 1,000 people through a building day after day after day, maintenance issues are going to creep up," he said, "and it's very important that we stay on top of them."

Work on the gym floor is expected to take about a month. Peeling says he's unsure of the timetable for the auditorium, but expects it to be ready for the new school year.

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