Opp awards $349K PE facility bid

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Opp City Schools students will soon have a new place for physical education, thanks to a PE facility project the board approved Friday.

Board members approved a $349,000 contract with Catrett Construction to build a new 10,000 square foot physical education facility behind the science building near the old band practice field at Opp High School.

“We went through the bid process, and it was little more than what we thought it would be,” OCS superintendent Michael Smithart said. “The use of QSCB (Qualified School Construction Bonds) and funds from the sale at South Highlands, will make this manageable. We can build the building without affecting instructional services.”

Board member Cheryl Graves said she’d rather pay more money to begin with, than have to go back and make additions.

The building will feature a large open area for physical education classes, which will also serve as a place for the band to practice during inclement weather. Additionally, one end will have a competition regulation cheerleader floor.

“We’re excited. I think this is a great idea,” board member Robert Young said. “So many people are talking about it. It’s going to be a good addition to our facilities.”