BHS field may not be ready in time for kick-off of football season
By Dwayne Bremer
Jul 25, 2014, 20:59
The Bay High School Tank Williams Field.
Bay High School may have to play some of its home football games at a different location this fall if immediate action is not taken to rectify the situation at Joe D. McCullough Stadium, officials said Friday.
Two weeks ago, the Bay-Waveland School District approved a change order to a contract with Pro Turf, which was awarded a $690,000 contract a few months back for improvement at the stadium, including installation of a new turf field.
Work, however, stopped on June 17 after problems arose with the water table underneath the field.
Since then, the field has remained in a torn-up state.
The Bay-Waveland School board discussed the matter at a meeting two weeks ago and approved a change order to try to get the stadium ready for opening night on Aug. 29.
Architect Taylor Guild said at the meeting that work could resume immediately; however, little, if anything has been done at the stadium since.
School board attorney Ronnie Artigues said Friday the reason work has not resumed is because of a disagreement over the contract time.
"The board approved an additional 14 days to the contract," Artigues said. "Apparently, the contractor wanted 49 additional days."
The school board meets again on Monday.
Artigues said he expects the matter to be discussed again at the meeting.
In the meantime, he said, the school board has asked White Construction--which is currently overseeing the construction of the new school district offices--to review the football field contract.
Bay High's opening game is on Aug. 23; however, that game is on the road.
Bay High's first scheduled home game is on Aug. 29 against Purvis. A junior high home game is set for Aug. 25.
If the field in not ready for play, one possibility is moving the game to Hancock High School in Kiln.
Hancock is on bye the week of Aug. 29.
Hancock County Schools Superintendent Alan Dedeaux said Friday that he has had conversations with Bay-Waveland officials and he and his board are willing to help.
"There have been some initial discussions," Dedeaux said. "Obviously, we want to be a good neighbor and help them out as long as it does not interfere with our schedule. I think that they would do the same if we ever needed it."
Dedeaux said he has yet to receive a formal request to move the game to Kiln, but if he does, some minor details will have to be worked out.
"There are some things that we would need to do, but it would not be a big problem," Dedeaux said. "Our board talked about it last week and it seems like everyone was okay with it."
Hancock installed a turf field at its stadium earlier this year.
Dedeaux said the project took about eight weeks to complete.