Whats up with Truckee Highs gym?
Students, teachers and the community alike were looking forward to the opening of Tahoe Truckee High Schools new gymnasium at the start of the academic year. But more than two months later, the facility is still not in use and frustrations are mounting.Weve had some concerns about the finish on the gym floor. There is something going on thats causing dimples and cracks, said Director of Facilities John Britto. Britto and school district Project Manager Rob Koster met Tuesday with the gymnasiums contractor, Clark & Sullivan Constructors Inc., of Reno, to discuss options for finishing the job. We are putting together an agreement that will allow the high school to take occupancy of the gymnasium and get the floor finished at a later date, Koster said. If they sign it, our target is to have kids in there by Thanksgiving, and if they dont sign it, that will be next weeks (news) article.There are reservations about using the gym before its finished, Britto said, because the district doesnt want to release the contractors obligation to fix the problem in the event that they cant distinguish between something that went wrong as a result of the floors finish or as a result of use. If the contractors agree to fix the floor as requested by the district, it could still be another six months before the project gets under way because there is concern about moisture causing further damage, Koster said. Clark & Sullivan has already stripped and refinished the floor four times since August, and every time moisture has caused damage, Koster said. So instead of jumping in again, the contractors told Koster they would like to wait until they are sure that all the trapped moisture has dried.
Opening the doors on the gymnasium cant come too soon, Koster said. And at a cost to the district of more than $100,000, the waiting game has become even more painful.I have 40 students in a P.E. class, and we have two classes at a time sharing the (old) gym, said Mike Merriman, head of Truckee Highs physical education department. We need the other gym to open so that we can separate these classes. Im getting really frustrated.Students and teachers arent the only ones struggling with the lack of needed gym space. Community groups are feeling the squeeze as well.Because the Truckee-Donner Recreation and Park District is so limited on space, it relies on the use of gymnasiums and fields at local schools to provide programming, and not having the added space at Truckee High has made it difficult for the district to expand both adult and childrens programming, according to Adult Sports Coordinator Pete Kristian. There are currently two dozen adult volleyball and basketball teams elbowing for court space, and an additional 30 youth basketball teams, according to the parks district. Program coordinators would also like to develop indoor soccer programs for both children and adults, but there just isnt enough space, said Youth Sports Coordinator Angelo Tenorio.This makes it clear to us how badly we need our own gym, Kristian said. It would certainly help take the pressure off other gyms in the area.