Standing water found under B-UMS gym floor


BUCKHANNON  A pool of water under the gym floor at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School was the likely cause of the warping of the floor near the stage.

Curriculum director Tim Derico shared with the Upshur County Board of Education at Tuesday’s meeting that several companies came in over Thanksgiving break to examine the issue further and one was chosen to do the work.

“We elected to go with a company called Paul Davis Restoration who did some work at Buckhannon-Upshur High School several years ago,” he said. “They are going to come around and relief cut along the stage and then go into the process of drying out and getting the entire floor dry in areas where it is still wet.

“They came in with cameras and they were able to visually see the water underneath and there is a pool of water in that area that has caused the floor to raise,” he said. “They attributed it to downspouts which have been corrected now for a couple months, so that [the water] has been there for that period of time.”

Paul Davis Restoration was to start the work Thursday and finish up by today, according to Derico.

“We scheduled it towards the end of the week because we could use the weekend for drying without disrupting the classes as much as possible,” he said.

“If all goes well, we will be back in business on Tuesday,” he said.

Derico said B-UMS athletic director Debbie Shapiro and B-UHS athletic director Rick Reynolds worked together to come up with a plan for the inaugural Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School kick off tournament which was moved to the high school Thursday and Friday.

Shapiro said the JV tournament was moved to Robert L. Bland Middle School in Weston.

Superintendent Dr. Sara Stankus said her office is working on a proposal to the School Building Authority to ask for emergency funding to help cover the cost of the repairs.

Board member Alan Suder asked, “So then we are projecting that we are going to have a gym floor that you can continue to play on after next week?”

Derico said, “Tuesday is their expectation and their estimate said they believe with 95 percent certainty that this will cure the problem. They think the outside work that has already been done…

“The engineer previously felt gutters may be an advantage for anything that the roof drains do not catch,” he said.

Derico said that adding gutters may be worth the investment and he would be talking with business manager George Carver.

The board voted to implement the new virtual school pilot program Jan. 3, 2019.

Assistant superintendent Dr. Debra Harrison said, “We have everything in place for that to be fully implemented with the pilot at least.”

“Several people here have helped with developing those pieces that are very important to the virtual schools process,” she said.

Parents can fill out applications online – parents and students.

We are hoping the pilot will be very successful and we will get all the kinks out of the process before we go full force,” she said.

Jody Johnson, special education director, said there wasn’t a set number for the pilot but they didn’t want to go over 20. 

“We have some parents interested,” she said. “There is a process they will go through.”

Board member Kristi Wilkerson moved to approve which was seconded by Almond.

The motion carried. Board president Dr. Tammy Samples was absent.

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