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Liberty Elementary Getting Sport Court

August 15, 2014, 5:00 PM by Matt Holsen

Liberty Elementary Getting Sport Court
HARRISBURG, SD -

School starts next Thursday in Harrisburg but that's not enough time to finish work on the new gym floor at Liberty Elementary. If you'll remember, the school flooded for the second summer in a row this past June.

After bouts with flooding in back to back years, Harrisburg Superintendent Jim Holbeck says a new type of surface will grace the gym floor at Liberty this year.

"We're not putting in another wood floor, we're going to put in a Sport Court and so if it ever does flood again, hopefully that never happens, but if it does then we will not ruin a floor," Holbeck said.

Harrisburg's new elementary school has a Sport Court and Holbeck gives it high praise. To make way for the $110,000 court at Liberty, crews had to raise the concrete by two inches. It's currently curing while the new Sport Court sits nearby in rolls.

"Our physical education is all day long and so we'll have to make due like we did last year and be outside but last year we were outside until the first of November until the wood floor was done. So we're looking forward to having this one done sooner," Holbeck said. 

The new gym floor should be ready by the first of September and won't need to be refinished every year. The cost of the court along with fixing damage to the rest of the school after several inches of water seeped in is being covered by insurance.

Nearby, city crews are busy tearing up the road and their efforts could benefit the school.

"The city is putting in storm sewers and sanitary sewers. We hope that those storm sewers are going to help make a difference if we have another deluge of rain," Holbeck said.

The total insurance check the school received after the June flood came to about $400,000.

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