By Tony Farkas
CENTERVILLE — With junior high basketball in full swing and varsity season looming, Centerville Superintendent Mark Brown is hoping that there’s some sort of progress on replacing the roof of the school’s gymnasium.
On Aug. 17, a thunderstorm pulled the roof off of the 76-year-old facility, and since then, Brown has been dealing with insurance companies and contractors, hoping to get what he calls the focal point of the school back in shape.
After the roof came off, the wood floor, wood bleachers and wood stage were saturated when water poured through the roof insulation, which also must be replaced.
The damage has required some adjustment on the part of the school, as many activities and lessons were done in the gym. Physical education classes have been difficult to hold without a
Brown told Centerville ISD School Board members at their meeting on Thursday that they may hear something from the insurance company this week.
Brown also said that the board has hired an independent adjuster to help move things along.
In the meantime, Groveton ISD has allowed Centerville to use its elementary school gymnasium for practices and games for the junior high school players; however, Brown said the doesn’t believe the roof will be replaced when high school basketball season starts.
In other business, the board:
•approved revisions to school policy based on TEA recommendations; and
•approved submission of a waiver for staff development days, which can be used as snow days to meet Texas attendance requirements.