KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Harrisburg Gym Won't Be Ready For Students

Bookmark and Share

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.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

Massage Therapist Reacts To Prostitution Arrest  story with video

It was a little over a week ago that an employee at Happy Dragon Massage was ...

Sioux Falls Breaks Building Permit Record  story with video

The City of Sioux Falls is breaking another record.   Thursday, ...

Body Shops Around Sioux Falls Are Backed Up

Body shops around the Sioux Empire continue to be backed up with vehicle ...

Teen Allegedly Holds Girlfriend Against Her Will  Dec. 18

Permit Approved For SD Anti-Police Brutality March  Dec. 18

Grain Elevator Collapses In Egan  Dec. 18

SFPD Looking For Casino Robbery Suspects  Dec. 18

SDN To Buy Sioux Valley Wireless  Dec. 18

SD Supreme Court Says Gambling Promos Not Taxable  Dec. 18

Wild Card 2 Ticket Sold In Huron Worth $6,000  Dec. 18

New Manager Named For SD State Fair  Dec. 18

ROTC Sergeant At BHSU Acquitted Of Rape Charge  Dec. 18

Final Reminders Of Iowa Casino Remain Temporarily  Dec. 18

Survey On Deer Licensing System 'Pretty Neutral'  Dec. 18

Mankato Man Recovering After Severe Brain Injury  Dec. 18

SD Supreme Court Says RV Seizure In Meth Case OK  Dec. 18

Federal Jury Finds Man Guilty Of Drug Conspiracy  Dec. 18

SD man Gets 14 Months In Shotgun Threatening Case  Dec. 18

Jury Awards $1M To Families For Flood Damage  Dec. 18

Police Search For 3 Men After SD Home Invasion  Dec. 18

How To Get Hired Over The Holidays   story with video  Dec. 18

The Daily Scoop: 12-18-14  story with video  Dec. 18

KDLT News Archive

Update: Missing Man Found Deceased

A man reported missing in Charles Mix County was found deceased ...

Light Show Donates To Young Boy With Cancer  story with video

An annual light show in Madison is drawing crowds and ...

SF Building Damaged After Overnight Fire

Firefighters spent part of the early morning hours ...

SFPD Looking For Casino Robbery Suspects  Dec. 18

Police: Spencer Woman Found Dead In Apartment  Dec. 17

2nd Gold Coin Given By Anonymous Donor  Dec. 17

Snow Plows Tackle Drifts In Sioux Falls  story with video  Dec. 17

The Daily Scoop: 12-17-14  story with video  Dec. 17

KDLT News Archive

Weber enjoying first job as a head coach

Although Phil Weber brought a very impressive resume to Sioux Falls, this ...

Johnston knows tough schedule will help  story with video

The SDSU Women's BB team has a rugged pre-conference schedule. But ...

St. Pierre gets 3rd All-American award  story with video

SIOUX FALLS -- The honors keep rolling in for Solomon St. ...

Nagy excited to have Marshall  story with video  Dec. 18

Zenner gets another All-American award  story with video  Dec. 18

Buchta, Herd beat Des Moines  story with video  Dec. 17

Lancers hot from outside in win at Dakota State  story with video  Dec. 17

Eades loves new home at Denny  story with video  Dec. 17

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top