GREENSBURG — The Decatur County Community Schools (DCCS) Board plans to have new field houses fully constructed and in use at both North and South Decatur High Schools by the end of 2014.
According to DCCS superintendent Johnny Budd, each project will be budgeted for a maximum of $2 million.
At the board’s regular meeting Wednesday night, Budd reported that, “The project will not exceed $2 million.”
Both facilities will be identical and will include two basketball courts, a weight room, sets of roll-out bleachers and a lobby area connecting each facility to existing gymnasiums at both schools. Budd had hoped to include a stage with both facilities, but stepped back slightly from those plans Wednesday night when asked by a board member if he still intends to include them.
We’ll try to stretch that $2 million to get everything we possibly can for it, Budd told the board, but I can’t guarantee, at this point, that stages will be economically viable. Still, Budd promised that the possibility of including theatres at both facilities wasn’t completely off the table, and that the idea will be revisited as the project moves forward.
Budd also touted the benefits of adding a weight room to each facility, explaining that the move would make significant amounts of space available at each school.
Architect George Link of VPS Architecture, Evansville, presented a preliminary timeline for the parallel construction projects, telling the board he’ll have a formal architectural plan ready for the board’s March 12 meeting. At the April 9 board meeting, Link plans to initiate bidding, with bid winners announced at the end of May. Construction is planned to begin in June, with gym floors ready to use sometime in November and locker rooms shortly thereafter. The entire project will be completed by the end of December.