Columbia City Council to Introduce Funding for New School Gyms

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council is set to introduce an ordinance that would provide Columbia's public school district with $300,000 toward two new gymnasiums.

The school district would get two larger gyms with retractable seating and the city's Parks and Recreation Department would be allowed to use the facilities as well. The agreement stated the city would be able to reserve the space as long as it gives the school district at least two weeks' notice.

If approved, one of the gymnasiums would be built with a new elementary school near Battle High School. The other gym's location has yet to be determined.

"There is just nowhere for us to grow," said Columbia Parks and Recreation Director Mike Griggs. "The school district would like bigger gyms too, so this is a great partnership. We provide them with an extra little bit of money. They can make the gyms bigger and we, in turn, benefit from that too."

The public will be able to comment at the next council meeting on Monday, June 3, when the council will vote on whether or not to accept the additional funds.