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Owen D. Young School Opens New Gym After Severe Flood Damage

The summer floods may be behind us but the damage the heavy water left behind is still having an impact on homeowners, businesses and schools every day. One of the schools hit particularly hard was the Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville.
The summer floods may be behind us but the damage the heavy water left behind is still having an impact on homeowners, businesses and schools every day. One of the schools hit particularly hard was the Owen D. Young Central School in Van Hornesville.
The floods cost the Owen D. Young School close to one million dollars in repairs. When the floods first hit, there were rumors the school would not even open in time for classes this fall. Staff and cleanup crews worked hard all summer and the doors did open in time, just not all of them.
Dirt, wood and lots and lots of water filled the Owen D. Young School gymnasium back in June. Five months and almost 400 thousand dollars later, you can finally hear the sound of squeaky sneakers and bouncing balls filling the gym.
"Well, the gym was completely redone on the floor and painted and everything and reopened on November the 4th for practices and gym classes,” said building Principal Brennan Fahey.
Fahey says one of the major challenges at the start of the school year was modifying the physical education curriculum.
"For high school classes we did a first aid course so that was up in the computer lab and elementary they had most of them outside,’ said Fahey.
"It was different because we couldn't have gym like we played can-jam on the front lawn or did CPR stuff so it was different not having actual gym class,” said student Sara Manning.
But gym class is back.
"Now, I actually have to adjust to having a gym but I think the kids are enjoying it, I’m enjoying it,” said physical education teacher Cory Pike.
The brand new gym is complete but there's still other parts of the Owen D. Young School that were hit by the flood this summer and are still being worked on.
"We have to do a bridge outside, the sports field has to be redone, and also a retaining wall along the fields,” said Fahey.
Fahey says renovations to the entire school should be complete by late summer. Until then, students, particularly student athletes, say they're just happy to have their new hard-wood floor.
"We love it, it's much nicer than the old one, it's easier to work with, the lines aren't as big as they were so you have more room to work with if you're watching the games,” said student and basketball player Dustin Monk.
The parking lot has also been redone. For the first few months of school driving students had to find parking on the street or were asked to take the bus.

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