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Yoncalla High School finishes major gym renovation

Once the project started, officials said they realized how outdated the gym was, so they invested more than $170,000 to make renovations in the space.

Posted: Nov 20, 2019 6:43 PM

YONCALLA, Ore. -- Yoncalla High School reopened their gym last week after more than a year of construction.

District officials said the school received a $3 million grant to fix water issues in the building and replace the roof.

Once the project started, officials said they realized how outdated the gym was, so they invested more than $170,000 to make renovations in the space.

“The floor had been warping,” said Brian Berry, the superintendent of the Yoncalla School District and the principal of Yoncalla High School. “We actually had to pull out bleachers when it started to rain 'cause otherwise we wouldn’t have been able to play basketball on the court. So yeah, it was bad.”

They said they have replaced the gym floors and bleachers. They have also torn down the stage and build a weight room in its place.
Officials said they reopened the gym just in time for basketball season, which starts in early December.

The students have been very patient with the construction, officials said. However, they had to shift some things around to finish the project, including having the volleyball team play all their home games in the elementary school gym down the street.

“We bagged on (the principal) a lot for not having it for our volleyball senior night,” said Kaleigh Soto, a senior at Yoncalla High School. “But I think we understood that we couldn’t rush the project if we wanted a new gym.”

Officials said they still have more work to do on the gym. Right now, officials said they are working on adding a sound absorption system to eliminate echoes in the room.

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