PITTSBURG — Basketball, volleyball, push-ups, sit-ups and more.

Those are things which Pittsburg Community Middle School students will be able to do more safely and comfortably with the addition of a new gym.

Playing sports and exercising will not be the only thing which will change for the students. They will also have more locker room space and a place to practice weights. The locker room will also double as a tornado shelter.

Construction on the new gym will start on March 19 and should be complete by April 2019.

“This is something we’ve really looked forward to,” USD 250 Superintendent Destry Brown said to students during the groundbreaking.

With 60 students per class, running and jumping around, PCMS Physical Education Teacher Christy Watt said doubling the gym space will provide more comfort and safety during class time.
She said the district is expecting a large number of incoming students to the middle schools and this will make for the largest physical education ever, Watt said, making the need for another gym even greater.

The new gym space also offers more locker room space for visiting teams during games, Watt said. This could make an impression on visitors, she said.

For one student who has played in the current gym for the last three years said she knows someone who will really enjoy having a new gym to play in.

“I’m really excited, even though I will not be able to use it,” PCMS Student Government member Joy Lee said. “My little brother will be coming to this school next year, he’s really going to like it.”

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.