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Damaged floor knocks Tigers off home court
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A broken sprinkler head is putting Bradwell Institute’s basketball teams on the road.

Liberty County Board of Education members approved a $73,000 contract with Southern Flooring to repair the BI gym floor, damaged when a basketball hit a sprinkler head on December 1. The sprinkler head ruptured, and about 1,200 gallons of water fell on the maple hardwood floor.

Southern Flooring installed the original floor, and school board members approved the bid on an emergency basis.

Though the water was removed quickly, about 30% of the flooring suffered buckling. New game lines and logos will be painted on the floor, but supply chain disruptions mean the sub=flooring will not be available before February 1, 2023.

Repairs are expected to take 30 days.

Bradwell’s home games are moving to Liberty County High School and practices have moved to the Charles Shuman Center, Lewis Frasier Middle School and Snelson-Golden Middle School.

“We’re trying to accommodate the teams as best we can,” Superintendent Dr. Franklin Perry said. “We don’t have a choice. It’s not ideal, but we’ll get through it.”

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