FULTON, Ill. — Students and faculty at River Bend Middle School in Fulton can expect construction in the form of resurfacing the school’s deteriorating gymnasium floor sometime in the near future.
Discussion on the project began at the start of the school year and thanks to community support and a little help from the district office, the River Bend Athletic Boosters could move forward with construction on the floor as soon as this summer.
“We’re fortunate enough, we’ve had some pretty good and successful fundraisers throughout the years,” athletic booster president Bob Kuehl said. “It was just brought to our attention at the beginning of the school year and we’ve got some money in the bank so we said ‘let’s spend it on the floor.’”
The project idea came after the booster club resurfaced the east gym floor in 2010 and the west gym floor over the summer at Fulton High School. Both floors received so much positive feedback from students, teachers and members of the community that they have extended the project to the middle school.
“The group decided, you know we’ve done the other two and they’ve been well-received. The players and coaches really love it, as well as the fans, and it’s been a long time since (the middle school gym) has been stripped down and properly refinished,” Kuehl said. “So it was a good decision coming from the athletic irector.”
To move forward with the project, River Bend Athletic Director Josh Knuth brought the idea to the school board at a meeting last week, presenting a quote of $10,745 from the refinishing company that did the previous two floors and asking for assistance from the district’s budget.
Prior to the refinishing of the floors at the high school, the district typically paid to have them cleaned and varnished for $1,013 each year. At last week’s meeting, the boosters requested the $1,013 be the district’s contribution to the refinishing cost.