Summit Elementary School is going to get a new gymnasium floor for free thanks to a supportive community that helped it win a grant from a major flooring company.
An official of Gerflor USA, which specializes in sports flooring, called with the news Tuesday, principal Ben Maynard said.
Summit beat out a middle school in northern California and a YMCA in Connecticut to score the free floor.
A committee of experts narrowed the initial field of grant applicants down to three and the final selection was made via votes from the public.
Intense use of social media by a supportive community pushed Summit Elementary School to an early and insurmountable vote lead.
Parents and staff flooded their Facebook and Twitter accounts with shares and Maynard used the school’s and his own accounts to get the word out.
In addition, the Kentucky Educational Development Corp., an educational consortium of more than 60 districts and a headquarters in Ironville, notified all its members and asked for more votes.
In the end, Summit received 69 percent of total votes cast, Maynard said.
A company representative will meet with Maynard soon to assess the scope of the replacement job and depending on findings may schedule the job before the end of the year.
However, it is more likely the floor will go in during the spring or early summer, Maynard said.
Summit applied for the grant when it learned Gerflor was looking for schools and community centers whose gym floors needed replacement because of age or disrepair.
Summit’s floor is made of a synthetic material in wide use in the 1990s because of affordability and durability, but over the years faulty refinishing has left it extremely slick.
The slick floor isn’t dangerous for day to day use but coaches and physical education teachers modify their practice routines in the interest of safety. It also isn’t used for games.
Replacing it at district cost isn’t an option because Summit is the newest of Boyd County’s elementaries and the district has higher priorities, including the ongoing renovation of Boyd County Middle School.
The new floor will be a modern laminate product that will withstand multipurpose use and need less maintenance.
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