$3.8 million approved for construction of athletic complex
By Bobby Lee McCulley | April 16, 2018 6:28 am
A future consolidated home for middle school sports is becoming a reality as school board members recently voted to award a contract of over $3.8 million to construct a new athletic complex.
On April 12, 2018, members of the White County Board of Education gathered to discuss several agenda items, including a review of proposed bids for a new multi-sports venue to be built behind the White County Middle School.
During a previous meeting, the White County Board of Education approved a plan to construct a new athletic complex for the White County Public School System. The site for the proposed multi-sports complex is behind the White County Middle School.
The complex will include a practice football field, as well as Tennessee Secondary Athletic Association regulated competition soccer, softball, and baseball fields. Both middle school and high school teams, according to White County director of schools Kurt Dronebarger, will be able to utilize the fields, as they will meet both levels of competition standards.
The fields for the planned athletic complex will be irrigated and will all have lights, with the exception of the practice football field. Eighty new parking spaces will be created behind the middle school for the complex, and there will be a shared concession stand and restroom building for the complex as well.
During a previous school board meeting, Lewis Group Architects was selected to be the designer of the athletic complex. The multi-sports venue was originally estimated to cost approximately $2.5 million, however, because of rising construction costs, the project bid prices came in higher than expected. According to discussions held during the school board’s April 12 meeting, J. Cumby Construction came in as the lowest bidder at $3.801 million.
Dronebarger expressed to the board that he believed some of the project costs could be reduced and that they would look into ways of reducing cost where they are deemed appropriate. Following a brief discussion from board members, the proposed lowest bid was approved.
The school system in underway with another capital project, as construction crews are breaking ground on a new Findlay Elementary School. A proposed date to start construction on the new White County Middle School athletic complex has yet to be announced.