Eastern Oregon high school closes damaged gym

The Associated Press /

PILOT ROCK — An Eastern Oregon high school has found severe damage in the roof supports of its gym, now closed until an engineer can say what went wrong and what fix will be needed.

Many of the wooden trusses at the Pilot Rock High School gym have been damaged, and one was broken completely, Superintendent Gordon Munck told the East Oregonian newspaper.

“It’s more than just cracked — it’s shattered,” Munck said. “It’s definitely come undone.”

The school expects a report from an engineer from the Willamette Education Service District by the end of the week.

“It could be a simple as fixing that one truss ... to replacing the whole darn thing,” Munck said. “Roof or gymnasium.”

The damage became noticeable because ceiling tiles along the wall were displaced and concrete on the outside of the building next to the gym entrance was cracked where it supports the broken truss, athletic director Shane Leasy said.

A construction company has used a metal pipe to prop up the broken truss.

Basketball teams will practice elsewhere until the problem is resolved, as they did in 2005 when the school had to replace the gym floor. It had been damaged by steam from rusty pipes beneath it.

The Pilot Rock teams will play their home games at Pendleton High School, about 15 miles north.

Gym classes have moved to the junior high gym.