Nearly every student that attends Durant High School in Plant City, uses the gym floor. They use it for PE and school assemblies.
It is also crucial to Durant’s basketball, volleyball and cheerleading teams.
But right now, according to the Head of the PE Department, it’s a problem.
Students and athletes are playing and performing on a gym floor that is bubbling-up and has screws holding down the buckling floorboards.
Mike Gottman is Durant’s Department Head for Physical Education and the Head Football Coach. In his 15 years at the school he’s seen the gym floor get increasingly worse, to the point it’s been screwed down to prevent the floorboards from popping-up.
Adding to the problem is a leaky roof. In many rooms near the gym, you can see the watermarks on the ceiling tiles. Gottman says, because of the leaky roof, sections of the gym floor have already been replaced, leading to mismatched, uneven boards.
If the Education Referendum passes on the November 6 ballot, Durant would have the funds to sand and recondition its gymnasium floor and replace its aging roof, all within the next 10 years.