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Open house planned for new gym at Richmond-Burton

RICHMOND – The $5.8 million gym expansion at Richmond-Burton High School is nearly complete, and residents will get a chance to take a look.

An open house is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. April 18 at the school, 8311 Route 31, Richmond. The older portion of the gym floor will be refinished over the summer.

The first official event to take place in the new space will be the upcoming graduation ceremony. Athletic practices, games and classes will use the facility starting in the fall.

The 30,650-square-foot facility includes separate locker rooms for students in athletics, more storage and office space, three courts and running lanes striped around the perimeter.

The project was originally supposed to be completed in December, but the installation of the wood floor was delayed due to excessive concrete floor moisture, Superintendent Dan Oest said in an email.

Some residents questioned why the district was spending the money when the state faced an uncertain fiscal future and district enrollment is expected to continue falling.

The district has been saving money since the new high school was completed in 2000, so that it could build the expansion without taking out a loan and could sustain the operating costs.

– Emily K. Coleman

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