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BROKEN ROOF TRUSS CLOSES ENTERPRISE GYM

ENTERPRISE — When the Enterprise High School volleyball team plays next Friday's home game, it will be at Joseph. The next Enterprise home game after that will be at Wallowa.

At 3:30 p.m. Tuesday a mechanical engineer and the school's insurance carrier told the administration that, because of a broken roof truss, the school could no longer allow people in the gym.

"Joseph School has really been gracious in letting us use their gym for practices," said Enterprise Schools Superintendent Brad Royse.

Royse is trying to expedite the process to get it fixed as soon as possible. He hopes that the gym can be reopened for home basketball games starting in early December. The gym is used from sunup into the night for P.E. classes, assemblies and other activities, he said.

Royse is now busy working with the insurance carrier to find out if they will cover the repairs.

"It won't be simple," Royse said. A big heat exchanger sets atop the truss. A lot of electrical lines will also have to be moved.

An electrician discovered the damage while doing preliminary work for a $2.4 million bond issue, passed by voters in May to reroof buildings, resurface exteriors and do parking lot and other work to make the school ADA compliant. Fixing a broken truss in the 50-year-old building was not part of that plan.

Royse suspects that the truss, running across the south end of the gym, has been broken a long time. The cause is unknown. "It wasn't even leaking, " Royse said.

"Devastating," is how Royse describes the possible economic effect if the damages are not covered by insurance. With declining enrollment and state school support, the school has in recent years used up its cash carryover. "There are no contingency funds for this sort of thing."

When Royse was working at a school in McCall, Idaho, the gym roof collapsed under a heavy snow load. Fortunately, it was unoccupied at the time.

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