UPDATE: Waupaca High School Gym Open After Snow Damage

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WAUPACA HIGH SCHOOL GYM OPEN

Update 3/7/19

According to the Athletic/Activites Director at Waupaca High School, the gym trusses have been checked by engineers and has been cleared. 

The gym has been open since Tuesday morning. 

Gym Roof Damage Causes Spring Sports Program to Hang in Balance

Heavy snow is being blamed in large part for damaging the gym roof of Waupaca High School.

Early last week, physical education teachers at the high school alerted school administrators of a problem they noticed, the curtains in the gym hanging lower than normal in some areas. Engineers were called in to assess the situation and inspect trusses, school officials decided to close the gym for the safety of students. 

Gym teachers at the high school are now getting creative when it comes to class; 

“Our gym teachers have done an awesome job being creative with the students. Getting outside doing some snowshoeing, luckily we’ve had opportunities to do that. We also have a wrestling room, multipurpose room that they can get into and do some things there,” said Aaron Jenson, Athletic/Activities Director at Waupaca High School. 

And school officials are left scrambling to develop a plan for their spring sports programs. Track and Field programs begin, softball and baseball players report soon, along with golf and girls soccer waiting in the wings. 

“The community Rec Center has some events going on but they are working in between those events and getting us some space. They’re the only one with a batting cage so our softball and baseball programs will try to hover around there as much as possible.”

School officials tell Local Five that they don’t know whether repairs to the roof will take a week, a month or longer.

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