Plans for new gyms viewed



South county residents had a first glimpse Wednesday at preliminary plans for two gyms to be built on the Tioga and Don Pedro high school campuses if a $5.75 million bond is approved by voters in November.

George Haight and Petya Kisyova of Aspen Street Architects of Angels Camp showed the preliminary plans for the two gyms to the Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District trustees during a meeting at Don Pedro High School.

According to Haight, each gym would cost approximately $2 million. The remainder of the Measure A money would be used to modernize the two high schools and Tenaya School.

Floor plans for the two gyms were identical, but issues of gym location on each of the campuses and amenities were up for discussion.

Trustee Gloria Marler suggested moving the proposed Don Pedro High gym location, adjacent to the existing school campus, about 30 feet to the west and add a gathering area in front.

She also agreed with Trustee Chuck Day, who raised the question of having more restrooms in the designs for the two gyms. The plans had three men's restrooms and three women's restrooms, all contained in locker room areas.

"The most expensive thing to add is bathrooms," Marler said. "It's good to do it when you have the money."

Also included in the plans were permanent bleachers to seat 140 people to line one side of each gym, but Joanne Beaudreau, a Tenaya School fifth-grade teacher, said that would not be sufficient. Beaudreau said seating for 300 to 400 people would be better.

Haight said collapsible or retractable bleachers could be installed on the other side of the gyms to increase seating.

The option of a retractable stage was also discussed.

"Are we breaking your budget, yet?" Trustee Mike Malloy asked Haight.

"It's OK," Marler responded. "We're just dreaming right now."

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