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Bond Funds to Improve Bancroft and Hoover Gyms

Bancroft and Hoover ImprovementsWhen the gymnasiums at Bancroft and Hoover middle schools were first built, Harry Truman was president and gasoline cost an average of 16 cents a gallon.

Much has changed in the last 65 years, including local, state and federal building codes. To meet current regulations, the two buildings are being retrofitted with Measure K funds, totaling about $7.5 million for construction.

The work started in August and should be completed by March of next year. With the gymnasiums temporarily closed to students, unused classrooms and portables have been converted to dressing rooms.

Meanwhile the gym interiors have been gutted to allow for installation of new fire alarms, roofs, plumbing, emergency lighting, lockers and telescoping bleachers. Improvements to walkways and parking lots will make the facilities accessible to people with disabilities.

While modernizing the gyms, workers are taking great care to preserve the aesthetic character of the facilities.

“We have been careful to protect the painted murals and to keep the historical integrity of the buildings intact,” said Tova Corman, executive director of Facilities, Planning and Development for the school district. “We are touching only what we need to in order to ensure the highest levels of safety and accessibility.”

Similar seismic retrofits are planned for Polytechnic and Wilson high schools, where auditoriums will be upgraded to meet today’s stringent building codes and to preserve these historical resources.

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