School board holds off on discussing wrestling gym

Questions about a possible new gym at South Pointe High School were floated during a Rock Hill school board meeting Monday night.

The board is considering whether to spend about $2.4 million on a gym that would be used for wrestling and other sports. The gym would be paid for with interest earned off a $92 million bond approved by voters in 2005.

Board members hope to know exactly how much money is available by their next meeting March 10. That way, they can discuss how much to spend, what else the money could be used for, if any should be saved and whether any could be given back to taxpayers who approved the bond.

During a brief discussion Monday night, board member Walter Brown and chairman Bob Norwood both said adding the gym would mean finishing what the district started when it built South Pointe. A wrestling gym was in the school's original plans but got dropped during construction.

"As far as I'm concerned, the board approved it when it was built," Brown said.

Board members have said adding the gym is an equity issue. Rock Hill and Northwestern high schools each have three gyms. South Pointe has two.

The proposed wrestling gym could have about 280 seats, locker rooms, concession stands and office space.

In other news, the school board decided to wait another month to vote on a calendar for Sunset Park Elementary School. The board likely will vote on a proposed new magnet program at Sunset Park at the same time.