PCHS athletic facility ribbon cutting Monday

Published 10:07 pm Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Pike County Board of Education will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Pike County High School Athletic Facility at 4 p.m. Monday. The public is invited.

Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, said the new $1.4 million athletic facility completes recent construction projects that include the PCHS fine arts building.

“This athletic facility is a real plus for Pike County High School and the Brundidge community,” Bazzell said. “The project rounds out the campus walkway that includes parking lots and lighted entrance ways along with the building.”

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The PCHS Athletic Facility includes locker rooms for the junior and varsity football teams, office space, a training room, film room, lobby and reception area and equipment and storage facilities.

In addition, the construction project includes a ticket booth, concession booth and public restrooms.

“The recent project included sandblasting and painting of all of the steel in Bulldog Stadium and the construction of elevated sidewalk on the home side for handicapped accessibility,” Bazzell said. “It also included new fencing in certain areas and landscaping with lighting elements at the entrance that match the lighting across the front of the building. All together, the completed project makes Pike County High School a great place to watch a football game.”

No final decision has been made as to the dressing room facilities for visiting teams, Bazzell said.

“We are toying with the idea of moving the visitors’ dressing room from the gymnasium to another location,” he said. “One idea is to move the visitors’ dressing room to the block field house but it might not be large enough to accommodate some of the teams. Right now, we’re just toying with ideas.”

Bazzell said an upcoming plan for PCHS is to convert a portion of the agriculture building into an indoor rifle range for the JROTC program.

“We no longer have a full agriculture program at PCHS,” he said. “We teach a pre-requisite agriculture class but students who are interested in getting into agriscience and ag technology attend the Ag Academy at Goshen.”

Bazzell said the Pike County Board of Education continues to meet the growing and changing needs of the students in the Pike County School System.