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Plumbing repairs planned for Memorial Gym

May 22 – Some of Memorial Gymnasium’s original infrastructure will receive a much-needed upgrade in the coming year.

Kokomo School Corporation plans to renovate the historic gym’s four main bathrooms.

The first two bathrooms will be renovated after the Indiana Junior-Senior All-Star game on June 5. The game will feature Kokomo Wildkats players Flory Bidunga and Karson Rogers.

According to Superintendent Mike Sargent, those two bathrooms will be ready for basketball season. The other two will be renovated after the basketball season and ready for graduation in 2025.

The plumbing at Memorial Gym is original.

“The good news is they put cameras in the sewer lines, and the sewers are great because they’re concrete, which means they don’t move,” Sargent said earlier this month.

Memorial Gym could also see upgrades to its concession stands.

At Kokomo High School there are plans to renovate the swimming pool. The scope of work includes plumbing, filtration system upgrades and strengthening the pool enclosure.

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“They are both very important needs that need to be addressed urgently,” Sargent said.

It is unclear what the projects will cost. The Kokomo School Board could vote on bids next month.

It appears the projects will be financed through debt replacement, where new debt is taken on as the old one is paid off. The project is not expected to increase taxes.

The superintendent said some improvements to the pool system could be transferred to the new swimming facility once it is built.

Kokomo Schools offered a new aquatic center twice, once in 2022 and again in 2023, but both times the project went over budget. Last year, Sargent said the budget did not exceed $22 million. The project is suspended indefinitely.

The pool was built in 1967 and is past its useful life, according to school officials.

Initial plans called for a self-contained aquatics center at the high school, near the Haworth Gym entrance.

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More swimming lanes, more spectator seating and a zero-entry pool were the main features.

Spencer Durham can be reached at 765-454-8598, by email at spencer.durham@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter at @Durham_KT.

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