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An elevator for use by handicapped students has been installed at Gulf High School.

The elevator became operational in April.

The device can take a student from the commons area to the media center, which is on the second floor, and back down.

The elevator is normally kept locked and only eligible students have keys.

The elevator is not getting very much use. There are only two Gulf students who use wheelchairs this year. Both have used the device a few times. One of the two students has a motorized wheelchair which can negotiate the ramp; the other student has used it a few times to avoid having to wheel herself up the ramp, but she finds it disappointingly slow.

Keys are also being issued temporarily to students who are using crutches because of injuries.