Main gymnasium floor removed due to safety issues


The removal of the entire Harry S. Moore gymnasium floor at Capac was brought on by moisture and other concerns. The work is all part of the district’s $6.7 bond issue passed in 2022.

CAPAC — Now that school is out for the summer in Capac, work can begin on projects within the school, including work on the main gymnasium floor.

A $6.7 million bond was approved by district voters back in August of 2022, clearing the way for numerous projects including paving of parking lots, major maintenance work, new enhanced lighting and new fencing by the bus garage.

In a letter mailed to all district voters, Superintendent Jeff Terpenning outlined the progress and explained what is yet to be done.

Saying the district has made “significant strides” in work that has been done to date, Terpenning pointed out that the bus garage fencing project has been completed, and plans call for the refinishing of the terazzo flooring in the high school to begin the week of June 12.

In the letter, Supt. Terpenning also noted there are plans for enhanced lighting, repainting of awnings at the high school and athletic entrances and installing a rooftop unit on the elementary school.

A new paved parking lot at the elementary school may have to be delayed a few months, as the district moves forward on the construction of a new FFA barn. The FFA program at Capac has become a highly successful venture and with more than 100 students in the program, Advisor Samantha DePrekel is anxious for the new building that will allow for livestock projects.

The new $300,000 50’ x 60’ structure will be built west of the bus garage in an area that has been used by the program for rotating pastures for livestock.

One of the larger ventures in the bond project started a few weeks sooner than planned when the main varsity gymnasium was completely closed before school was out.

Workers have covered the bleachers in plastic and removed the entire wood floor surface due to moisture and other concerns that warranted the removal of the wood surface. It is hoped the gym will be completed in time for fall sports. Steps have been taken with scheduling sports for away events through September, just in case.