Options narrow for Muskego High School weight room floor

Feb. 25, 2014

The hefty question on how to solve Muskego High School's weight room floor dilemma has been reduced to two options.

The Muskego-Norway School Board was told Monday that strengthening the floor to make it usable as a weight room again could cost $200,000 to $330,000, while building an addition for a new expanded weight room somewhere near the Salentine gym would cost roughly $1.2 million, according to rough estimates.

That latter option also includes fixing the old weight room floor so that regular classes can be held there.

The issue arose when it was discovered that the space that until recently was used as a weight room had a floor that was too weak to hold up the heavy equipment. As a result, the weight room was moved to a smaller temporary room with no classrooms or hallways beneath it.

Although strengthening the weight room floor is less expensive, the ceiling is low in a portion of the room, making it hard for tall athletes to train on some equipment, Jeremiah Johnson, supervisor of buildings and grounds, told the School Board.

But the cost of an addition troubled board members. "It seems high," said School Board President Jim Schaefer.

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