A rendering of the new field house.

The Hancock County School District Board of Education on Monday awarded J.W. Puckett and Co. the bid for construction of the $1.5 million field house at Hancock High School.

The project is one of many that will be completed with the funds from the recent passage of the $16.5 million bond.

Brad Patano, with Machado \ Patano Engineering + Architecture Design Group said that the original estimate for the field house was about $1.5 million.

He said that there were about 10 or 11 bidders.

The base bid for the project was about $1.2 million, he said. So there was the base bid and 11 alternates added, he said.

"That way we can pick and choose those as we needed," Patano said. "Happy to report that we were able to get all of the items that we had as alternate except for one and that one was a little bit less color in the mats, a little less speckle in the workout mats," he said.

With the board's approval on Monday, Patano said, it will take about 30 days for the contact process and about two weeks for the contractor to mobilize.

Patano said the district could be looking at a tentative groundbreaking date of Aug. 10. Construction will likely begin mid-to-late August, he said.

As per the construction schedule, the field house should be completed by the beginning of next football season, a construction length of 10 months, Patano said.

Patano said that the new field house will be about 10,000 square feet and will feature some of the following items: A locker room with lockers; weight room; a separate co-ed training room; coaches office with showers; showers for the players; and two meeting spaces/classrooms.

In other action:

The board approved the 2019-2020 budget with an expenditures amount of $47,642,725. This year, district business administrator Denise Ladner said the district is requesting $13,437,722 from the county.

The district receives revenue from local sources, including ad valorem taxes, gaming taxes, school lunch, and earned interest.

Ladner said that the district's state sources of funding include MAEP, Homestead reimbursement, ad valorem tax reduction, vocational, and school lunch.

The board approved a motion adding the Dress for Success dress code for the Senior Assembly to the Hancock High School handbook.

The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at district office, located at 17304 Hwy. 603, Kiln.

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