The countdown for the Genoa High School’s new gym opening has begun.
“They’re turning it over to us Dec. 14,” Superintendent Dennis Mock said Thursday afternoon. Construction managers from Harp Contractors of Northwood had optimistically projected a Dec. 7 opening. That didn’t materialize though.
Still, school officials at the western Ottawa County school district are elated to see the $1.4 million project come to an end nearly two weeks before its projected completion.
“They are painting the floor as we speak,” Mock said, “They’ll put the finish on Monday and Tuesday.”
Students participating in physical education classes will be among the first to use the new court and facilities. The overhaul included expanding the court an additional 30 feet, upgrading the locker rooms, updating the west wing and renovating the public restrooms.
The boys and girls varsity and junior varsity teams can practice at the new facility. But they won’t hit the floors for official play until January.
To alleviate problems, Mock explained, “We scheduled the rest of the games there for after December so we wouldn’t have to worry about crunch time. The first official thing happening there will be a wrestling tourney on Dec. 28 and 29.”
The Northcoast Duals are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. both days, according to the high school athletic schedule.
Nonetheless, excitement is mounting around the school.
“The kids can’t wait to get out there to see it and use it,” the superintendent said.
The renovation brings to an end the multi-million dollar facilities upgrade plan touted in the 2008 bond issue. Voters approved the 1.9-mill, 28-year bond issue that sent Genoa schools on a whirlwind of changes.
The biggest project in the plan was the construction of the Genoa Elementary School on the Genoa-Clay Center Road campus, which resulted in the elimination of two aging outlying elementary buildings.
The high school also underwent a number of upgrades. The updates ranged from new science rooms to a state-of-the-art auditorium and sound system.