Once again, the Bulldogs will have a safe place to play.
Dr. Doug Allen, Tidioute Community Charter School chief educational officer, said repairs to the school's gym floor were being finished on Monday. As a result of moisture, the floor had parts that were buckling up.
Those areas were located around volleyball pole holders in the floor. If water can get in and around the hole, Allen said, there's a chance it will buckle the floor.
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Left to right are Dough Sinsabaugh, owner of Sinsabaugh Custom Construction of Edinboro, who discusses the gym floor at Tidioute Community Charter School with Dr. Doug Allen, TCCS chief educational officer.
"In our case, the moisture was around the posts," Allen said. "It made the floor rise."
That wouldn't allow for a flat surface, Allen said, but the repairs returned evenness to the floor. The problem with the floor had been building for over a year.
In that time, the school had never heard of any instances of accidents resulting from the floor's condition. Nevertheless, Allen said, it should be flat and not sticking out.
"There was never anybody who got hurt or complained about it," Allen said. "The athletic director brought it to the attention of the board."
Any time there is a gym floor that isn't flat on the surface, Allen said, it poses a safety issue. Repairs took place over three days and no games or events were lost.
Contractors have not yet presented the school with a bill. However, Allen said it will cost several thousand dollars.
In the spring or summer, Allen said, a contracting company will return to look at the floor again. They will determine if more work is needed at the outer edges of the gym.
"Right now, we don't think there's any more moisture in there," Allen said, "but they'll take another look at it."
Also, Allen reported on a tour Warren County School District officials took of the school on Sept. 27. He said officials commended the school for its pre-kindergarten program which they felt was very stimulating for young people.
Another commendation was for the availability and use of technology in every classroom. Penmanship teaching also impressed the visitors, Allen said, which the school does at the elementary level.
Compliments on rigorous writing standards and Pennsylvania System of School Assessment scores rounded out the praise from district officials, Allen said. Given the limited scope of a one-day visit, Allen said the school was asked to respond to approximately 25 questions which focused on curriculum and instruction.