Contractors are days from installing the new gymnasium floor as part of Genoa High School’s $1.4 million renovation.
School Superintendent Dennis Mock said the flooring arrived Oct. 31.
The gym, which has been renovated and expanded to add another 300 seats, has been sealed to maintain a steady temperature of 72 degrees so the wood can cure properly.
“They have to seal it up so the floor can get acclimated to the temperature before they can start,” Mock said.
The general contractor for the project is Harp Contractors of Northwood. Crew leaders had been hopeful earlier this fall that the gym could be open for the students and the public by Thanksgiving. According to the contract, they have until Dec. 27.
The work may not be done by that holiday but it is still looking good for an early December opening, Mock said.
“It looks like Dec. 7 for sure, maybe a little before,” Mock said.
The gym renovation is part of a multi-layer project that began this summer that includes new public restrooms, an updated west wing, new student and varsity locker rooms and a new heating/cooling system.
It is the final project paid for by the 1.9-mill bond issue passed by voters in 2008. The largest project in the plan was the construction of Genoa Elementary on the Genoa-Clay Center Road campus already housing Genoa Middle School, Genoa High School and the administration building. The elementary school opened last year.
Other renovations at the high school included renovating the auditorium and the science labs.
The bond levy has a 28-year life and costs the owner of a $100,000 home about $60 annually, according to district treasurer Bill Nye. The levy generates about $166,000 annually toward the district’s $5.2 million share.
The Ohio State Facilities Commission is paying for the balance.