Rock Gym floor a total loss

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
As Cassville Intermediate School students play kickball in the background, Dusty Reid, director of facilities and operations, looks over blueprints for the proposed replacement of the Rock Gym floor, which was damaged earlier this year when a water main broke and caused flooding in portions of the building. The demolition, removal and replacement project is expected to cost about $175,000 to $200,000. Kyle Troutman/

Cassville R-4 working to replace water-damaged court

The Cassville R-4 School District is in the process of developing specific plans to bid out the project to remove and replace the Rock Gym floor.

According to Richard Asbill, superintendent at Cassville, the floor, which was damaged when a water main broke due to cold temperatures and flooded portions of the building, will cost anywhere from $175,000 to $200,000 to remove and replace. However, the total cost of the project will be covered by the district's insurance, through the Missouri United School Insurance Council (MUSIC), of which Cassville is a member-owner.

"Right now, we are developing bid specifications for the floor, and we're also going to go take a look at samples," Asbill said. "Because it has joists, we have to do the sub-floor and the main court, giving the floor a support system instead of it just being on a concrete slab."

Asbill said he and Dusty Reid, director of facilities and operations, will go to two or three schools in the county to see some samples, and the bid for the project will include demolition, removal and replacement.

As a member of MUSIC, Cassville has a $1,500 deductible, and the insurance will pay for the total cost of the new floor once bidding is completed.

"Being a public entity, we have to bid the project," Asbill said. "We hope to get the best and lowest bid, and then insurance will work the claim off that amount."

Asbill said the insurance is through Gallagher Bassett of St. Louis, and being a member-owner of music means the district has some extra weight on its shoulders to select a reasonable bid.

"As a member-owner of MUSIC, we have to do a good job with bidding the project and keeping costs low because of the rate we pay, and doing this will affect other school districts in the system," he said.

Asbill said a normal gym floor, with no sub-floor or joists, would only cost about $150,000 to $160,000, but to replace the gym floor as it is now will result in the higher cost.

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