WENDELL — Repairs to a pair of East Wake High School athletics facilities should be visible by the end of the summer.
Athletics Director Jon Hasbrouck says the school will likely install a new scoreboard at Sasser Stadium by the end of July. He also expects repairs to water-damaged hardwoods in the school’s gymnasium will be completed by that time.
The gym floors have a history of being damaged by water. Clogged roof drains have flooded the floor twice since 2011, and one of the gym’s two large air conditioning units leaked and re-injured a portion of the surface in April.
“It’s been some bad luck,” Hasbrouck said. “It’s an old facility – that’s for sure.”
The recent water damage was less severe than some of the past incidents, leaving ripples in the floor in one corner of the gym. Hasbrouck expects repair work will involve sanding and resurfacing this summer.
“We’re going to try and get it done in June or July,” he said.
The faulty drains and air conditioning unit have since been repaired.
The school’s former scoreboard was in its first year of use when strong winds snapped its wooden supports during a storm last summer.
A temporary scoreboard was brought in to get the Warriors through their 2012 football season, but no scoreboard has existed at the stadium since the fall season ended.
The process of obtaining $14,000 in insurance reimbursement for the old scoreboard and planning for its replacement left East Wake without a scoreboard for most of the school year.
The insurance funding came through in the spring, and Hasbrouck said the order for the new device was in line to be completed last week. The new scoreboard will have the same specifications as its predecessor, but will be supported by steel beams.
“We had to wait for the insurance money, and just wanted to make sure we did it all right this time,” Hasbrouck said.
Hasbrouck said another recent issue his program has faced is one the school will continue to have to work around.
Since the softball field light poles and fixtures at the school were deemed unsafe last summer, the East Wake softball team was forced to find a new home at Carver Elementary School for its night games this past spring.
“(Wake County) said they weren’t up to code, and we would have had to go with a whole new system,” Hasbrouck said. “Right now, we can’t do that.”
Going forward, games that can be played at 4 p.m. will be played at East Wake, but most games are scheduled for 7 p.m. and will have to be played at the elementary school’s park facility.
“It is what it is, but we try to do the best with what we have in these facilities,” Hasbrouck said. “We’ll have to work around the (Wendell) parks and recreation schedule, which has been great working around us.”