Demolition has begun on the Genoa High School gymnasium.
The court and its facilities won’t be available for student use until Dec. 6, according to school superintendent Dennis Mock.
Construction will affect five girls basketball games and three boys games on the fall schedule for the 2012-13 school year, he added. The athletic director will schedule those games as away events.
As for the volleyball program, the middle school will host the season matches. And regular gym classes will be held in the nearby athletic facility when students begin classes in August.
The school board awarded the $1.06 million contract to Harp Contractors Inc. of Northwood in late June. The company is the general contractor for the project and will be responsible for the hiring of subcontractors for items such as electricity, plumbing and heating, Mock explained. That means Harp officials will not have to bring each hiring before the board of the education for approval, clearing the way for quicker response, the superintendent said.
Heavy equipment rolled in last week and demolition began on the court located in the high school on the campus along Genoa-Clay Center Road.
The engineer’s plans call for a complete renovation of the gym, two public restrooms, the boys and girls locker rooms, and the west wing facility.
The renovation means an additional 308 seats will become available when a section of the end court bleacher area is bumped out another 30 feet, Mock said.
The actual court also expands from its present 84 feet to 94 feet.
Fans and students alike will also be glad to know a new heating and cooling system should improve the comfort level in the facility.
In the beginning, contractors will concentrate on the west wing renovation, which includes the new bathrooms.
“We’re to have the main quarter of the west wing done prior to the beginning of the school year,” Mock said.
Monies for the renovation come from a 30-year bond issue passed by taxpayers. The bond issue leveraged state funding to help pay for the construction of the new Genoa Elementary School that opened for the 2011-12 school year.
It also paid for other upgrades in the high school science lab and auditorium, which have already been completed.
A physical education teacher’s request for retirement and rehiring is to be heard by the school board.
Brent McGraw has been the elementary physical education for Genoa schools for nearly three and half decades.
The move will save the school district about $20,000 annually, the superintendent said.
At his present status, McGraw draws a yearly salary of approximately $61,000, Mock explained.
Under the proposed new three-year contract, his salary reverts to the fifth-year level around $43,000. He will also be eligible to apply for his state retirement benefits though the Public Employees Retirement System.
Mock doesn’t anticipate any opposition to the proposal.
At present, Genoa has three retire/rehire personnel on staff, allowing the district to incorporate those savings following sweeping budget cuts beginning May 2011.