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August 1, 2013

JISD's precise advanced planning leads to seamless conversion of former LMC arena

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JACKSONVILLE —

Locker rooms, coaches offices, concession stands, etc. and common areas are being renovated with all of the LMC colors and imagery being converted to that of JISD.

On Wednesday morning there was far more JISD blue visible inside the facility, than LMC green, a testament to the amount of work that has been taking place at the building this summer.

JHS volleyball teams will continue to use the gyms located on the high school campus for practice and home matches in the upcoming season, with the new JISD Gymnasium expected to get its first big dose of business in late fall and winter when Indian and Maiden basketball open up shop in the facility.

With the arena now in its latter stages of renovation, one thing — pride — was clear Wednesday after talking to both Wardell and “Miguel”, a JISD painter who was hard at work inside the complex.

In listening to each man describe his respective involvement in the restoration and conversion of the arena there was no doubt that each was personally proud of what the building is becoming.

With the price that we paid for the building plus the cost of the repairs and renovations, we have been able to get a new gymnasium for far less than it would have cost the school district to have built a new one,” Wardell said.

Wardell stated that the next phase of the process would be to address the parking situation around the JISD Gymnasium and that the school district's Board of Trustees had recently approved the final design for the parking lots for the building and that the school district would soon be taking bids on the work.

There's truly nothing like the feeling of when a plan comes together.

 



 

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