Mullen Public Schools is looking to get a new practice gym to help with scheduling conflicts between sport practices, physical education classes and community events.
BD Construction Inc., based in Kearney, is building the 11,000-square-foot stand-alone gym next to the school.
The school's existing gym is located seven blocks from the school. The new gym would start out as the school's practice gym with the capacity to become the competition gym after a hallway is built to connect the gym to the school.
Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Hoesing
said that the new building will keep students safer as well as providing convenience to the community. He says the gym will free up space in the competition gym, making fewer scheduling conflicts for community meetings and public gatherings.
The practice gym budget is approximately $1 million. Around $500,000 of the total cost will be paid through an interest-free Qualified Capital Purpose Undertaking Fund bond. In addition, a fourth of the cost is supported by the Hooker County lodging tax, the Mullen Area Community Foundation Fund, and private donations from the community. The Mullen Booster Club has raised the funds to cover the cost of the gymnasium's wood floor.
Construction is expected to be complete by spring 2013.