Abilene High and Cooper receive new gyms

It's still about a month away, but AISD is prepping for school, and this year one the biggest prep operations involves constructing new gym floors.

"We couldn't sand them anymore, we couldn't refinish them anymore, they were at the end of their lives as far as floors go," stated Joe Humphrey, AISD's construction manager.

According to Humphrey the floors at both Abilene High and Cooper are original and are well over 50 years old.

"The flooring people said we've never heard of anyone going that long with original floors, but we did," Humphrey continued.

The project scope includes replacing the floors, which is already done; replacing the lights, which is also already done; and replacing the bleachers while painting, which is still in the works.

"It's going to end up being between $800,000 and $900,000 for the whole project," said Humphrey.

In speaking with Cooper's head basketball coach Bryan Conover, it was learned that while players and coaches have always been proud of their facilities, the change is a welcome one.

"You take a lot of pride in the facilities you have and a lot of people put hard work into making these courts look good and we just get to put the players out there and we really appreciate all their work," stated Conover.

On top of that, coach Conover said his players were very excited to start a new season on a brand new court.

"Oh, yeah! I'm sure they'll be excited. We've had kids trying to peak in and I've tried to keep everyone off of this," Conover went on.

AISD staff says the new gyms are worth every cent, because they're used by everyone, all the time.

"This is not just for varsity competition, this is used by all the students. There is not a minute in the day someone is not in here. So this is a good deal," finished Humphrey.

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