PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A $6.8 million project aimed at encouraging athletics in the Pascagoula School district will be ready for students when they return to school in August. The improvements are part of the district's strategic plan that's been in the works for nearly a decade.
Gautier High football players Dante Tubs and Le' Charles Pringle have been spending most of their summer in the school's field house weight room preparing for next season. They said the room is aging and there's exposed insulation in some spots.
"Small cramped, crowded, old," Pringle said about the current field house.
"It is just kind of crowded sometimes when the whole team is here," said Tubs.
Head Coach Chris Peterson and Superintendent Wayne Rodolfich said the players will be soon be training in a much larger and modern facility. The Pascagoula School District is building new field houses for Gautier and Pascagoula high schools.
"They have 3,600 square foot weight rooms, state-of-the-art facility," Rodolfich said. "Brand new coaches' offices, equipment rooms, and bathroom facilities and so forth. It is just a total upgrade," Peterson said.
The upgrades don't stop there; Gautier and Pascagoula's school stadiums are also getting facelifts.
"The other building is going to be the new concession stand, bathrooms, and also a visitor's dressing room. On the end we have a new section of bleachers for our band to play," Peterson said.
Construction began back in November, but the plan has been in works for years.
"We have been waiting for about eight years to be able to do this and this is part of the strategic plan that was written by 150 members of our community. So, we are just excited to be getting this underway and having a great place for our athletes to train and dress out before ball games," said Rodolfich.
These football players are hoping these major improvements will be a major boost for their team to win in the upcoming season.
"Maybe everyone will work a little harder. Everything is new," Tubs said.
The Gautier and Pascagoula builds were paid for with money from the district's building project fund. The field houses are expected to be finished next month.