Pauls Valley, OK, Pauls Valley Democrat

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July 3, 2013

Push on to finish football upgrades

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — The push is now on to finish one Pauls Valley school project in time, while renovation work on two others is moving forward.

The pressing deadline is to finish the expansion and upgrades to the Panthers’ football fieldhouse, which is continuing at a furious pace at the Wacker Park site.

It’s one of three major building projects included in a 2012 bond issue given an overwhelming thumbs up by local voters during an election last year.

While the major focus is on the fieldhouse, work is continuing for the renovation of PV’s junior high auditorium and the park gym used by the local school district in a variety of ways during the school year.

Although all three projects are a major priority the main interest right now for Superintendent Darsha Huckabaa is the fieldhouse.

“We’re pressing to get in there by the start of football,” Huckabaa said. “We have got to get in there before football starts.

“The other two aren’t as urgent.”

The good news is the football project is taking shape with the expansion of the facility already done. Renovations to both the exterior and interior will continue throughout the summer months.

With that facility out of commission for now the summer workout program for PV athletes has been moved until that training can return to its more permanent home at the fieldhouse.

Also a part of the renovations are brand new stadium lights.

It was last fall when the PV School Board approved the majority of bids for all three projects totaling more than $3.5 million.

In late December the board gave the OK to just over $177,000 in additional bids to complete the process and signal the start of work on the long-anticipated projects.

More good news is much of the demolition work is done for the other two projects — a complete renovation of the junior high auditorium and a variety of improvements to the gym in Wacker Park with most of those focused on the locker room facilities.

Gym improvements include a new roof, renovations to the boys and girls locker rooms and building entry, lighting, heating and ventilation upgrades.

In recent months there was also some “fun” for school officials as many of the colors for the projects were finalized.

“We did the fun part picking out the color schemes,” Huckabaa said.

The one project that really brightens up the superintendent is the junior high auditorium.

“I’m really excited about the auditorium,” she said.

“I think the community is going to be very proud of the junior high auditorium when it’s completed because it will be a showplace.”

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