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COLUMBIA - School board officials will vote Monday night on the contractors to build the new gymnasiums at Hickman and Rock Bridge High Schools.  School board member Jonathan Sessions said the bid the board is looking at now is $11.8 million dollars with Sircal Contracting.  That is below the original budgeted amount of $13.75 million.  

Sessions said the need for the new gyms comes with the move of ninth graders to the high schools.  

"What a lot of people don't realize is that ninth graders have to take one half of their P.E. credits for graduation in ninth grade.  So we're already having our ninth graders taking that one half of their P.E. credit at a different, secondary gym.  Since we are moving them into the high schools, we need those facilities."

Battle High School is currently being built with two gyms already included in the construction plans. 

The new gymnasium at Hickman High School will be behind the high school.  School board members said the current press box and stands on the north side, along with an empty building behind the high school will be demolished.  A school board official said he thinks the demolition could start as early as this week.  

The gym at Rock Bridge High School will be behind Rock Bridge just south of the existing gym.  

Sessions said he expects the new gyms will be finished in August 2013, just in time for the ninth graders to attend Hickman, Rock Bridge and Battle High Schools.