GRANVILLE – The Granville High School gymnasium floor must be replaced, it turns out, due to water damage from a broken sprinkler head in the ceiling this past winter.
Board of Education members Monday night approved a resolution to waive the state minimum bid advertising requirement of $25,000 for the project, which could cost up to $150,000, Superintendent Jeff Brown estimated.
He said all but $5,000 of the cost — the amount of the district’s insurance deductible — would be paid for by insurance.
The sprinkler head was broken off during a softball team practice on March 12, flooding and damaging the floor. The sprinkler head was broken off after it was struck by a softball hit during the practice. The sprinkler pipes and sprinkler heads are located just below the gymnasium ceiling and are exposed.
It was first believed that due to some warping as a result of the break, the floor would only have to be resurfaced.
Treasurer Mike Sobul said an attempt was made to dry out the floor to see if anything was salvageable. “Basically, the determination was it is not,” he said.
He said the bidding rule was waived due to time constraints, mainly that the bidding process would take too long.
“We need the floor in place by the time school starts again,” he said.
District Director of Human Resources and Business Operations Tonya Sherburne said a determination on damage could not be made until all the water drained out from under the floorboards, which took time.
“It’s like mountains in there now,” said board member Tom Miller.
Brown said the gym floor was last replaced four years ago.
He said changes to the infrastructure supporting the sprinkler system are being considered to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
Board members also renewed contracts for elementary principal Travis Morris, athletics director Kevin Jarrett and technology director Rob Sexton, each for two years.