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The Baraboo School Board approved a plan Monday to refinish the gymnasium floor at Baraboo High School this summer.

Baraboo School Board member Mike Kohlman said the $29,000 project would involve sanding the floor down to bare wood, applying new graphics and refinishing the surface. He said a product that had been used on the surface is causing the gym floor to peel in some areas.

“We have a chance to have a sparkling new gym floor to go with the rest of the improvements we’ve made,” Kohlman said.

Baraboo School District leaders hope to complete the project between when construction at the high school is finished and the first day of school. District Administrator Lori Muller said athletic directors will work with construction planners to make sure the project doesn’t negatively impact volleyball or other sports that use the gymnasium during that time.

Funding for the project will come from the district’s maintenance budget. Kohlman said district leaders hoped to prioritize Jack Young Middle School’s gym floors for refinishing, but a possible referendum next spring could tackle that project instead. If approved by voters, the April 2019 referendum would renovate the middle school and complete the third and final phase of the district’s plan to modernize its campuses.

“The first one in line was going to be the middle school,” Kohlman said of the gym floors. “Except, given the fact that we’re looking at the middle school right now for phase three, it wouldn’t make sense to do that.”

District voters passed a phase one $9.95 million referendum in April 2014 that financed security measures and capital improvements at several elementary schools. A $22 million phase two referendum to improve facilities at Baraboo High School was approved by voters in November 2016.

The school board also approved a five-year facilities study during its Monday meeting to determine what other maintenance improvements are needed at six schools across the district. The district will pay Architectural Design Consultants Inc. in Lake Delton $20,400 to conduct the study beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

Muller said the measure will help the board prioritize which projects to do. School board member Sean McNevin said addressing the list of needed improvements is challenging for the district.

“The problem is the list grows faster than the budget,” he said.

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Baraboo News Republic Reporter