At the final school board meeting of 2013, the bid for the new gymnasium floor at Port St. Joe Elementary School was accepted in a unanimous vote.
After receiving three bids, the board went with RAM Enterprises, who will complete the project for $114,657 and are already prequalified to work in the district.
The project is expected to take approximately six weeks and is slated to begin over Christmas break while students are off.
Superintendent of Schools Jim Norton reiterated that the money for the project doesn’t come from the taxpayers, but rather a “pot of money” made up of license tag renewal funds that nets the board approximately $15,000 each year. The money needs to be used every five years or lost.
Projects eligible for the funds must also have been on both a five-year work plan and a project priority list. The funds cannot be used for landscaping or competition-based facilities.
“We’d be close to losing half of the money if there wasn’t something on the list,” said Norton. “We’re getting a quality gym floor.”
During a workshop held last month, Hank Blackman of RAM Enterprises in Montgomery, AL. presented specifications to the board that would not only address the moisture issues that had caused the gymnasium floor to warp, but also bring the floor up to date with current standards.
Blackman analyzed the existing floor and revealed that stagnant air had made its way between the sub-floor and maple floor and disintegrated the vapor barrier.
To avoid future moisture issues, the maintenance team will install several fans in the crawlspace under the floors to circulate air if the temperatures increase.
“The previous floor lasted 50-60 years,” said Norton. “We shouldn’t have to address it again unless there’s a major catastrophe.”