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GASTONIA, N.C. - A comprehensive inspection by the private company Sutton-Kennerly and Associates, Inc. shows that the East Gaston High School stadium bleachers on the home side need to be replaced, according to Gaston County Schools.

While the bleachers on the visitor side do not need to be replaced, the handrail must be repaired.

As a safety precaution, the Gaston County Schools facilities department installed orange fencing around the bleachers on the home side of the East Gaston stadium.

According to the school district, there is no problem with the athletic field in the stadium, so all spring athletic events will take place as scheduled.

School officials are asking parents and students to help keep the area secured by not using the bleachers or going behind the fence during any spring athletic events.

The school district is working to determine a timetable to replace the home side stadium bleachers. East Gaston uses the gymnasium for graduation.

The report released today concerning East Gaston High School surveys the condition of the bleachers in the school s athletic stadium. Similar inspections have already taken place at South Point and Cherryville high schools, said GCS Superintendent L. Reeves McGlohon. We realize the importance of our athletic facilities to our communities and students and the proud tradition the stadiums represent. Although we do not have a timetable for the repairs, Gaston County Schools is committed to ensuring that its high school athletic stadiums meet the required standards. The school system will work diligently to make sure these standards are met.

GCS contracted with SKA to complete a detailed inspection of all nine of its high school stadiums. East Gaston is the third athletic stadium inspection the district has received. The school system has already received a report on the South Point and Cherryville high school stadiums. Both of those stadiums also have to replace bleachers.

The district expects to get reports on the remainder of the stadiums over the next few weeks.

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