As early as next month, most of the gyms at the various Logan County schools will begin getting new bleachers.
On Tuesday, the Logan County district will be having a meeting for the purpose of issuing $384,000 in school building revenue bonds that will pay for bleachers to be installed at Logan County High School, Chandlers, Auburn, Adairville and Lewisburg.
Olmstead will be the only school that doesn’t get new bleachers because the way the gym at that school is constructed, the bleachers are built in to the structure.
“The state school facility construction commission has money set aside for us to use on projects like this,” said superintendent Dr. Kevin Hub. “This is state money that most of the time has no financial strings attached to us.”
The school district is taking advantage of the project now before the start of 2016, because the new area technology center is scheduled to be bonded that year and it is best if the two projects take place in different calendar years.
“This state money will allow us to fully fund all our schools getting these new bleachers,” Hub said. “Once they are installed, they will be up to date with ADA compliance, other safety regulations and they will be powered so that will help with the timeliness of deploying them in and out at school each day.”
Once the bonds are issued this week, Hub said that construction on the projects could begin in just a few weeks.
“We are making sure that we are working around all the basketball schedules,” Hub said. “There will be minimal interruption of the current schedules because of the construction.”
It will only take about a day for the current bleachers at each school to be taken out. Installation of the new bleachers will take a couple of days, hub said.
At Logan County High School, only the upper deck bleachers in the main gym will be replaced. The lower arena seats were replaced just a couple years ago and do not need to be renovated at this time.
“The great news is that is no money from Logan County schools being used in this project,” Hub said. “This is being fully funded from state funds.”
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