The Pilot Point school district is building a second field house at Massey Stadium.
According to district officials, the facility will be used for visiting football and track teams. The district will use it for other functions when games or meets are not scheduled.
District officials expect to have it operational before football season begins next fall. The district intends to spend less than $50,000 in general fund reserves to build the facility, Superintendent Glenn Barber said.
“It’s going to be a multi-functional building,” he said. “The primary purpose is going to be for the visiting team.”
Previously, visiting teams have used middle school locker room facilities for game preparation across South Harrison Street. Barber said some people were concerned about students having to cross the street.
“It’s [the field house] going to keep everything at the stadium,” he said. “It’s not going to be separate anymore.”
Barber said Quality Construction and Cabinet Inc. is building the 15,000-square-foot building. The facility will include restrooms, changing benches and office and storage space, he said. The facility, Barber said, also will be used for coaches’ “scratch meetings” prior to track events.
Last fall, an audit report revealed the Pilot Point school district was more than $1.1 million above the desired optimum fund balance for the 2011-12 fiscal year. At the time, Barber said the excess money would be assigned for maintenance and facility repairs, upgrades and improvements. He said a portion of those funds will be used for the additional stadium field house.
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