Phoenixville Area School District Director of Operations Ron Miller said Wednesday that as much as half of the wood flooring might need to be replaced in wake of a one-foot-high buckle in the floor.

Miller hopes to coordinate an upcoming meeting between high school administrators and one of three possible contractors to be chosen by PASD's insurance carrier to decide when to start work.

Miller said that the work might be delayed until the middle of March to enable use for gym classes and other functions until those activities may be moved outside. During that four-to-five-week construction period, including a period of curing, gym usage will not be allowed, according to Miller.

Miller said that from a third-to-half of the flooring may be replaced, depending on an assessment of the district's insurer.

He said that if half of the floor were replaced, the other half would be sanded and then refinished with new lines added to create a gym surface that is consistent in appearance.

Miller said that the floor "settled down although there was still a large hump," following removal of a gym-length 70-by-4-foot-wide section of flooring on Tuesday morning.

"There is a chance that the floor will continue to spread out," Miller said. "And by removing some flooring we gave the rest a chance to expand so that there wouldn't continue to be a rippling effect."

The Phoenixville Fire Department and the Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company responded to an alarm at the PAHS at approximately noon on Sunday, Jan. 11. The flooding was apparently caused by a malfunctioning steam heater that spilled water into a hallway. Water eventually reached the gym flooring from beneath a doorway.

The boys and girls high school basketball games were moved to other venues to protect players from injury while wrestling meets, gym classes and community events continue at the facility.

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