The newly re-finished gymnasium floor at River High School (featured on the front page of last week’s Beacon) will soon be gone. After more than 1/3 of the floor was damaged by water, the decision was made during a special session Switzerland of Ohio Local School District [SOLSD] Board of Education meeting on Fri., Aug. 8 to demolish the floor and install a new one.
When this reporter viewed the floor on July 30, RHS athletic director Mark Romick pointed out warping on the floor that had been caused by water damage. Romick said the water had flowed into the equipment room adjacent to the gym during and after the powerful storm that hit Hannibal on July 27. District officials said the water entered when a roof drain failed. They were unsure whether the drain had clogged due to the heavy rain or if it was faulty in some way.
After the damage was reported, the district contacted The Ohio Floor Company of Holmesville, OH (the company who had just refinished the floor and installed floors at all the district’s new buildings) to access the damage and what would have to be done. After the contractor examined the floor, it was determined that it could not be salvaged.
In a letter sent to the SOLSD Board of Education on Aug. 4, The Ohio Floor Company Sales Manager Todd Starrett wrote, “We found that the maple flooring contains anywhere from 10 to 36% moisture. The normal maple flooring moisture should be 7 to 8%. We recommend to replace the entire maple gym floor because the water damage is over 30% of the entire area and getting bigger each and every day.” Starrett also noted in his letter that the flooring and sub system were “out dated” with replacement parts no longer being manufactured.