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Franklin Favorite-New Gym dedicated with ribbon cutting

New Gym dedicated with ribbon cutting

The entire staff of the Simpson County School System helped christen the new high school gym Friday during a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce.  The classified and certified employees of the school were treated to a “Back to School” program in the new gym. The ribbon cutting followed at about 9:30 a.m.  “This is the largest turnout for a ribbon cutting,” Chamber Executive Director Steve Thurmond said.  The $5.3 million facility, which links the high school with the career technical school on the west side of the main building, seats 2,200. The first floor measures 28,643 feet and contains one large NCAA-regulation gym floor running north to south or two smaller high school-regulation floors running east to west that can be separated by a partition. The 7,833-square-foot second floor has rollback seating, practice areas for sports such as dance and cheerleading and a complete track around the facility. Rubber flooring can be placed on the upper mezzanine for the indoor walking/running track.

Photo by Amy Ellis- A huge crowd attended the ribbon cutting ceremony Friday morning for the Franklin-Simpson High School gymnasium. Members of the boys and girls varsity basketball teams cut the ribbon which officially opened the $5.2 million facility.

Published: Thursday, August 11, 2011 2:54 PM CDT

The entire staff of the Simpson County School System helped christen the new high school gym Friday during a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Franklin-Simpson Chamber of Commerce. The classified and certified employees of the school were treated to a “Back to School” program in the new gym. The ribbon cutting followed at about 9:30 a.m.“This is the largest turnout for a ribbon cutting,” Chamber Executive Director Steve Thurmond said.

The $5.3 million facility, which links the high school with the career technical school on the west side of the main building, seats 2,200. The first floor measures 28,643 feet and contains one large NCAA-regulation gym floor running north to south or two smaller high school-regulation floors running east to west that can be separated by a partition. The 7,833-square-foot second floor has rollback seating, practice areas for sports such as dance and cheerleading and a complete track around the facility. Rubber flooring can be placed on the upper mezzanine for the indoor walking/running track. The gym also contains a physical education area that includes men’s and women’s locker-room.

“A high school gym is like a window in to the community,” said state Rep. Wilson Stone (D-Scottsville), who served on the Allen County Board of Education for 24 years. Simpson County Judge/Executive Jim Henderson said attractive school buildings, like the new gym, help attract new industry. Mayor Ronnie Clark had a previous engagement and could not attend. Special awards went to the Alliance Corp., which served as the construction manager of the project, and Harman Automotive Systems, which donated a state-of-the-art sound system for the gym. School Superintendent Jim Flynn displayed an architectural drawing of the new gym beside the second phase of the project – a performing arts center – which will be added when construction funding becomes available. Flynn cited favorable construction costs and interest rates at the time the new gym was bonded as reasons to proceed with the project. He stressed that only funds earmarked for building projects were used in the construction. The new gym replaces a nearly 50-year-old facility used through the 2010-11 school year.

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