Lack of room affecting all aspects of school life

YORK -- Under the fluorescent lights and wooden dome ceiling of the York Comprehensive High School gym, the varsity girls' basketball team hustled across the floors and practiced shots on a recent afternoon.
They couldn't practice for long. An hour and a half later, it was the boys' turn to use the space. The high school only has one gym, and the two varsity basketball teams take turns using it for practice.

Senior Whitney Sanders, a player on the girls' basketball team, said that as a result, practice sometimes feels rushed. "It can be frustrating at times," she said.

Steve Boyd, York High's athletic director for 11 years, said he and the coaches coordinate with other schools and local recreational facilities to use that space for practice. Six athletic teams share one gym, which means that some of them are often relegated to practicing at York Junior High or at York's elementary schools.

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