St. Clair Junior High’s gym floor is under construction after it was damaged from a water pipe break last month.

On Monday, Jan. 8, it was discovered around 5 a.m. that a water pipe in the ceiling of junior high boys locker room froze and broke due to sub-zero temperatures.

The heater in that area had failed and a significant amount of water flooded the locker room and the gym floor. Between one-third and one-half of the floor was damaged.

During the Feb. 8 board meeting, Superintendent Kyle Kruse said the district’s insurance is covering the cost of a new gym floor, which is $127,000. The district’s deductible is $1,000.

Construction of the gym floor is happening fast, according to Kruse.

Missouri Floor Company is putting in the new floor.

“They’re one of two really well-established firms in Missouri,” Kruse said.

He presented three floor design concepts to the board. One concept includes a bulldog head in the center of the gym, another includes a St. Clair City logo plus a bulldog head and the third includes having stained floors. The stained upgrades would cost the district between $2,000 and $4,000.

Kruse said since construction is moving fast, the board will have to decide which design they like within the next couple of weeks.

Kruse estimated that the gym floor will be finished by the end of February. One of the reasons why the company is able to move fast is because the wood used for the floor is in stock.

In addition to a logo design, the basketball court lines will be shifted away from the stage, the basketball goals will be centered and the volleyball court lines will be better placed, according to Kruse. This will cost the district $2,500.

Junior High Principal Eric Lause has been storing pieces of the old gym floor, Kruse said.

“We’re trying to think through what to do with those because that could be really neat commemorative projects, and should be available to the community in some way shape or form,” Kruse said.

The board is taking input from the community on how to preserve the old floor pieces.

“It’s going to be a really nice project when we get done. Our district is catastrophically fortunate in one way shape or form,” Kruse said.

The boys locker room will also be renovated due to the water damage, which will also be covered by insurance. The board is currently getting bids from companies to repair the locker room, according to Kruse. Insurance also paid for the work it took to dry the floor and locker room.