Plans approved for SW Dubois construction

The new proposed Raider Athletic Complex, or RAC.


HUNTINGBURG — The Southwest Dubois County School Corporation’s plans to build a new athletic facility and administration building and make other improvements to the high school are moving forward.

At a special meeting Friday morning, the Southwest Dubois School Board approved the plans and specifications for the new school corporation office and Raider Athletic Complex. It also approved plans and specifications for a new access road to connect to South 750 West and plans for improvements to the soccer field and sanitary sewer extensions. The board also authorized that the projects can be sent out for bids.

The board approved a lease and resolution for project funding in March, in which it agreed to appropriate no more than $5,575,000, and this is the next major step since then.

The new athletic facility will replace the Maple Park gym, which has not been used for more than a year and has led to other facilities being overused, Superintendent Tim LaGrange said at a previous board meeting. The facility, which will be just south of the football field area, will have turf, a metal roof, equipment such as batting cages, restrooms, a concession area and storage. It will be used primarily for indoor practices during inclement weather.

The new proposed school corporation office.

The new corporation office will be built at the corner of U.S. 231 and Sunset Drive. The soccer field improvements will include reorienting it to face north-south for safety purposes, and sewer extensions are being added to eliminate forced mains. The budget will also cover other small renovations, such as upgrading stage equipment at the high school.

Pre-bid meetings for the athletic complex and school corporation office will be July 20 at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., respectively, at the Southridge High School auditorium. Bidders will be able to visit the site afterward, and the deadline for bids is 2 p.m. Aug. 5. Construction will begin after bids are accepted.

The board also:

• Approved the extension of Superintendent LaGrange's contract.

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