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For one school and its students, the 2013 school year is going to start out a little different. Liberty Elementary School in Harrisburg is going to be without a gym for the first few weeks of school after a flood in May ruined the floor.

Replacement on the new floor and bleachers in Liberty Elementary was supposed to start Monday. School leaders said the goal is to have the floor done by Labor Day. But now that the company doing the work didn’t show up, they are left wondering how many more days it will be until they do.
 
The outside of Liberty Elementary looks a lot more normal than it did at the end of May, but one place inside the school is still waiting to be fixed after it was flooded.
      
 “1974 was the first year that the gym was used so it has been around for a lot of sporting events and assemblies throughout the years,” said Principal of Liberty Elementary Jackie McNamara,

The over three-decade-old gym floor now sits looking like a puzzle missing its pieces. Principal of Liberty Elementary Jackie McNamara said former and current students of the Harrisburg School District took keepsakes of the floor before it is replaced.
     
“It's just rich with history for a lot of people with the Harrisburg community,” said McNamara.

And on Monday, day one of replacing the gym floor was supposed to begin, but as you can see, there isn't a soul in sight.
    
“We hope that they show up, and when they do show up we expect that they can get that done within four to five weeks,” said Superintendent of Harrisburg School District Jim Holbeck,

Holbeck said this time of the year; many schools are trying to get their gym floors replaced. But with school starting in just two weeks, he was hoping that a good part of the work would be done. Now he and his staff are left waiting, and hoping the new floor will be done soon, before it gets too cold.

“This time of the year the weather is pretty good for kids to be able to go outside for physical education,” said Holbeck. “We might get a few rainy days that we will have to do plan b, but we are hoping they get it done by then.”

As for McNamara, she said as sad as it is to see a piece of the school's history go, its time.

 “We always say the only constant is change,” McNamara said. “So a gym floor is another one of those changes for us.”

The gym floor was covered under flood insurance. So the $118,000 it will cost to replace it and the bleachers won’t be coming out of the school district’s pockets.

The new change also comes with some new technology. The old metal bleachers are being replaced with plastic motorized bleachers.


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