Despite those problems, Lever said, the building is structurally sound and safe for students. The board is expected to make a decision on its future perhaps as early as next month. She said the administration is sensitive to those who have an attachment to it.
“We recognize the importance of it,” she said. “We have to balance that against what it will cost to maintain or get it to the point where it needs to be to remain useful.”
Bennett understands those concerns. Ideally, he'd like to see the gym remain where it is if the costs aren't unreasonable. He drives by it often, and it reminds him of the way Mustang was when he grew up.
“It was a more rural community,” he said. “We had one grocery store and two service stations. It was small enough that if you said something about someone, you better watch out, because they'd find out about it.”
Still, he understands schools don't have an endless supply of money.
“I sure would hate to lose it, but I think I'd understand,” he said. “But my hope is that maybe someone can find a solution so that old gym will be around a little while longer. It's a piece of our history.”