GUNTER — The flooding from heavy rains in May resulted in the destruction of several areas at Gunter High School, creating additional projects for the school district this summer.

GUNTER — The flooding from heavy rains in May resulted in the destruction of several areas at Gunter High School, creating additional projects for the school district this summer.


In just 45 minutes, GHS received five inches of rain, principal Chris Dodd said. The flooding led to the destruction of the gym floor, main hallway, main entrance and 14 classrooms.


Once the weather cleared up, the district contacted the Texas Association of School Boards to file an insurance claim, superintendent Jill Siler said. Adjusters came out to the district to assess the damage and determined the cost of a new gym floor was $120,000.


The district was responsible for the bidding process and bringing in the contractors for the project. According to the official GHS Twitter account, the gym floor is 95 percent complete and will be finished this week after having to be replanked.


"It’s going to be a huge boost to our students and community to have that new gym floor," assistant superintendent Kelly Teems said. "It’s very decorative and it shows a lot of school spirit."


The cost to repair the 14 classrooms, main entrance and main hallway was $47,000, Siler said. The repairs include replacing the carpet in the classrooms, replastering drywall and repainting the affected areas.


Despite the numerous projects from the flood, the district was only responsible for the deductible, Siler said. The cost of the deductible was $5,000.


In order prevent future flooding in the building, Siler said, the district added engineering features to the band parking lot. Adding grating in the concrete surface and adjusting the landscape allows better drainage. The band parking lot project was covered under the $2 million worth of bonds sold by the district.


"We had the water damage and we’ve done a lot to hopefully prevent that in the future," Teems said.