Muskego High School faces a weighty issue on stressed-out floor
Fix for weight-room facility certainly won't come cheaply
Muskego — The floor of what what was recently used as a weight room at the Muskego High School has been found to be potentially unsafe, and how to fix the problem is weighing in the minds of district officials.
The cost of providing a safe location for the weight room "has the potential of being very expensive," Muskego-Norway School Board President Jim Schaefer said.
Finding or creating a permanent safe location for the weight room could cost $150,000 to $1 million, with the top figure representing the estimated cost of a building addition.
Before school started this fall, a student working out reported that the floor felt squishy. Although the weight room had been located on the school's main floor for decades, the floor was not built for it, Schaefer said.
"We're lucky nobody got hurt," Schaefer said.
The space was previously used as a band room, he noted. The space below is a locker room.
For now, the weight room equipment has been moved temporarily to the study hall, which has nothing but solid ground underneath it. (The study hall has been moved temporarily to the old cafeteria.)
The School Board will look over options in October.
"We're looking at a minimum to restore it to something at least equal to what we have," Board member Rick Petfalski said.
At the same time, the board also will look at possibilities for providing for future growth, he said.
Whatever happens, the weight room won't stay in the study hall. "That's a 'this year thing,'" Schaefer said.
Whatever is decided, the work would likely be done during a summer break rather than during the school year, he added.
In the meantime, Scott Kugi, high school activities director, said the school is getting by as best it can.
"We are doing our best to make adjustments to accommodate our human performance curriculum and our strength and conditioning program," Kugi said.
Because of the limited space in the study hall, the Olympic lifts and a few free weight stations are all that can be accommodated, he said. All of the aerobic equipment is in storage, Kugi said.
Students are able to meet their course requirements and are running outdoors for aerobic conditioning, Kugi said.
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