Written by MARK JAEGER
Wednesday, 18 February 2015 18:36
Pledges from Booster Club, PTR to ease burden of $112,000 project at elementary, high schools
The gymnasium floors at two Northern Ozaukee School District schools are going to be replaced with a little outside assistance.
The School Board on Monday approved replacing the original floors at the Ozaukee Elementary School and Ozaukee High School gyms at a cost of $112,425.
Officials noted that $50,000 of that total will be covered by two support organizations, the NOSD Parent-Teacher Resource Group and the Ozaukee Booster Club.
The PTR has pledged $10,000 for each of the next two years, and the Boosters have pledged $15,000 for each year.
“It is a nice gift from these two organizations,” said School Board President Paul Krause.
District officials are looking for other groups interested in supporting the floor replacement campaign.
The Finance/Buildings and Grounds Committee reviewed four bids for the work, and accepted the low bid submitted by Baseman Floors of Appleton.
The maple flooring will be installed on top of two layers of plywood. The entire floor system will sit atop a series of small resilient pads.
The three other bids ranged as high as $136,680.
Each project poses a different challenge.
The elementary gym is covered with tile, which officials say has held up well but can be extremely slippery.
Because the tile is believed to contain asbestos that is costly to remove safely, the new flooring will be placed over the existing surface.
Because the new floor will be higher than the existing surface, a slight incline around the edges will be necessary but it will meet ADA accessibility standards.
The 50-year-old high school floor is separating at the seams, causing ridges that expose students to splinters.
“The floor is adequate at this time for competition but the longer-term prognosis on the floor is that it must be replaced soon. No amount of sanding and refinishing will be able to save this surface,” Supt. Blake Peuse said in a report on the project.
The existing high school gym floor will be removed before the new surface is installed.
Buildings and Grounds Supt. Roger Sinnen said the district maintenance staff and volunteers are expected to remove the old floor, reducing the cost of the installation by about $14,000.
The quote includes painting required lines and other artwork on the floor.
Both new floors will incorporate a shock absorption system and carry a one-year warranty.
Sinnen said the company has installed similar floors at Green Bay Notre Dame and Watertown high schools, and officials at both schools are pleased with the finished product.
The floor installations are expected to be done this summer.