School board approves schematics for GRC gymnasium

Published 12:50 pm Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Clark County Board of Education members tentatively approved schematics for the competition gymnasium addition to George Rogers Clark High School Tuesday night.

The schematics present a general overview of what features the district would like to have as part of the facility.

According to Administrative Director of Operations Donald Stump, planners added two “eruption zones.”

“If you notice under each of the goals there’s areas which are designed for students to stand, very much like what you would see in a college arena,” Stump said.

The adjustment has reduced the number of seats projected for the gym from 4,500 to slightly more than 4,000, he added.

The plans include four locker rooms, one each for the boys and girls basketball teams, the volleyball team and a visitor’s locker room.

Also included are two 1,200 square foot activity rooms, one labelled an arts and humanities classroom for dance classes and another to be used by GRC’s JROTC program that will also function as a multi-purpose room.

Board Member Todd Wilson said the room may be large enough to accommodate the school’s archery team as well as other sports.

“I would hope that at some point and time we would start wrestling here in Clark County,” Wilson said. “And that needs to be an area we need to look at so they can have a place to practice at.”

The plans also include a smaller health classroom, about 750 to 800 square feet.

The new competition gymnasium the first project in phase two of the high school, which will cost more than $14 million to construct. Phase two also includes a football, soccer and track complex with a fieldhouse, baseball and softball fields, and four tennis courts.

Phase two of the high school was the only priority-one project on the district facilities plan that was approved by the board in May. Priority-one projects are to be completed within the first two years of the approved four-year facilities plan

Funding for the project will come from bond sales. The district currently has a bonding potential just over $20 million for project funds.

While the board voted unanimously to approve the schematics, the plans must still go to the Kentucky Department of Education for approval.

The board also approved conducting a more specific site survey required for the design and construction process on the gym to continue.

Seth Littrell can be reached at seth.littrell@winchestersun.com