CATLIN — School officials heard some updates this week about the renovations to the gymnasium building that will take place this summer.
Catlin School Superintendent Gary Lewis said the district was applying for a $50,000 state grant to help pay for the replacement of the roof on the building, and that the ceiling and walls of the gymnasium would be repainted.
Lewis said that CTS of St. Louis suggested adding the repainting to the renovation projects, and the board agreed.
Lewis also said that the district would apply for a $50,000 School Maintenance Grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to help with the roof-replacement costs. He said he hopes to hear good news about the competitive matching grant by early summer, but that the district is going to replace the roof whether it receives the grant or not.
The gymnasium building was already slated to receive a new roof, a separate steam boiler for the gymnasium, rooftop heating and air-conditioning units for the band room and offices, and some electrical upgrades. In addition, the gymnasium floor will be sanded and repainted, and the interior of the building will be painted to freshen it up.
Catlin High School still uses the original boiler from the 1920s for heat, and steam from the high school boiler is piped to the nearby gymnasium building to heat it.