PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - The Lamar County School Board unanimously voted Monday night to approve the start of the bidding process for construction of the new field house at Purvis High School.
Superintendent Tess Smith said she hoped the board will approve a bid by the first meeting in February in order to have the new field house ready for the fall of 2015.
"It's a larger field house, and it's more modern," said head football coach Perry Wheat of the plans.
Smith said the new field house will be around 35 percent larger than the old one, which had not been renovated since the 80s. That field house was destroyed by an arson fire in August.
"There's a lot of emotional attachment to that field house," said Wheat. "It's been here a long time, a lot of good traditions and memories in there."
The new field house will be home to the same sports as the old one- football, soccer, track and power lifting. Each team lost significant amounts of equipment in the fire, but Smith and Wheat both said they are relying on donations while the stock is fully replaced.
The field house will have a weight room, meeting room and coaches offices, as well as room for both the home and visiting teams with separate entrances. It will be located behind the end zone where the band is currently located during games.
"All those things that you'd like to have- we're excited about that," said Wheat.
The fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office, and a reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for any information on this case. Contact the State Fire Marshal's Office at 601-359-1061 or 1-888-648-0877 or the Lamar County Sheriff's Office at 601-794-1005.