, Derry, New Hampshire

July 19, 2012

School flooring project is ahead of schedule

By Julie Huss

DERRY — West Running Brook Middle School's gymnasium is getting a summer makeover.

The middle school is currently having a new gym floor installed. The floor suffered damage when a hot water pipe burst in the boys' locker room.

Business administrator Jane Simard gave School Board members a progress report at a meeting July 11.

The cost to replace the entire floor is approximately $130,000. Insurance money will pay for the majority of the floor.

The floor work began right after classes ended in June and should be completed well before classes are set to begin for the new year.

Workers from Vermont-based Danaher Flooring Restoration are doing the work.

Simard said the work is moving along ahead of schedule, with workers coming every day and working long hours to do the job.

The floor has been removed in sections along with all the underflooring. Then, the surface is cleaned and sanded and prepared for the new subflooring and top materials.

The new gym floor will be made of updated materials that will be better for the students who run and jump in the gym, and should last for years.

Many schools are updating gym floors with better materials, Simard said.

No summer activities are being held at West Running Brook's gym while work is going on.

A weekly church congregation, NorthRidge, that meets there, moved its worship services to Derry Village Elementary School during floor repairs.

Simard said NorthRidge would be returning to West Running Brook once the floor is done.

Although the gym floor will be ready to use one week after completion, Simard said the gym will remain off limits a bit longer so everything can settle in place.

School officials are happy with the progress so far.

"We are pleased with all the work and speed of the project," Simard said. "The guys have been there from day one, on schedule."

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