PURVIS, MS (WDAM) - The Lamar County School Board has accepted a construction bid for a new Purvis field house.
"We are just very excited that this project is going to finally take place," said Lamar County Superintendent of Education Tess Smith. "Hopefully they will be breaking ground soon."
Lamar County School District Architect David Laundry will supervise the project. Laundry said the $945,593 bid was awarded to Stewart Development of Hattiesburg.
"It's in a new contemporary design," said Landry. "It's something like nothing on their campus."
Smith said she is proud to be part of such a wonderful community that pulls together in a time of adversity. The field house was destroyed in an arson fire in August 2014.
"When it happened, of course, everyone was upset, but I think it helps our students know that you can come out of this on the other side," said Smith. "That it takes working together and that's exactly what they have done."
Smith said many organizations helped raise money including the Purvis Booster Club, the Lamar County Education Foundation, and students at Oak Grove High School.
"It's my understanding from what I've heard that some Oak Grove High students have raised almost $3,000." Said Smith. "That excites me to know that other students in our district are if course competitive but they still care about each other and know each other."
Smith said the fire is still under investigation by the State Fire Marshal's Office, and a $5,000 reward is still being offered for any information.
"If anyone has any information it's not too late to come forward," said Smith. "I imagine it's never too late."
Contact the State Fire Marshal's Office at 601-359-1061 or 1-888-648-0877.