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High school gym floors to be replaced due to water damage

Feb. 8, 2019

High school gym floors to be replaced due to water damage

USC gym Upper St. Clair High School will operate without the use of its two gymnasiums for the next several weeks due to water damage from a sprinkler malfunction on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. A burst pipe resulted in water damage to the two gyms, the athletic office, a classroom and the school’s cafe321.

The educational program that utilizes the affected classroom was immediately relocated to another nearby space. Carpeting in cafe321 will be replaced and returned to normal operations next week. The athletics office sustained substantial water damage and has been temporarily relocated to another area within the athletic wing.

Both gymnasium floors require a replacement and/or repair, which will begin as soon as possible and is anticipated to be complete this spring. Elements of the physical education curriculum have been adjusted in the semester timeline to accommodate the loss of the gymnasiums. For example, students will be utilizing the weight room, swimming pool as well as other areas throughout the building.

“The temporary loss of our gymnasiums is an inconvenience, but our building leaders, teachers and coaches are working together to minimize the impact on our students,” Dr. John Rozzo, superintendent of schools, said.

This Saturday’s Sadie Hawkins dance will go on as scheduled. Rather than the gymnasium, the event will be held in the large area that includes the theater hallway, large group instruction room and the cafeteria.

The girls’ and boys’ varsity basketball teams have both qualified for WPIAL play-offs, which are played at neutral sites. Upper St. Clair High School typically serves as a site for other playoff games; however, due to the gym floors, USC will not be hosting any WPIAL or PIAA playoff games.

High school athletic teams are using the gymnasiums at Fort Couch and Boyce middle schools as well as Eisenhower Elementary. The athletics and facilities departments are working with school and community groups to accommodate as many needs as possible.

“Between athletics and other events, our school facilities are in high demand. We are working diligently to accommodate our student-athletes as well as community organizations,” Dr. Rozzo said.  “We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we work through this challenge.”

Any questions or concerns regarding the impact on the high school facilities in regard to the sprinkler malfunction, please contact the following:

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