The school board this week approved the $1.9 bid of Womack, Lewis, & Smith of Cartersville to construct the facility, which assistant superintendent Ken Clouse said will house both athletic and academic-related activities. He said the school also will be renovating some of its current dressing facilities and the facility will house a stage and bathrooms.
"The facility will be big enough that we can have three wrestling mats going at one time, it will be large enough that we can use it for cheer practice and we could have small assemblies in there," Cartersville Middle School Principal Jeff Hogan said. "Two things that I see as being positive. One is that we're going to have a stage and right now we don't have any [facility] with a stage. Anything we have to do [that requires a stage] we have to go to [Cartersville High School], which we don't mind doing because it's exciting for the kids but we can actually do something on campus."
Hogan added, "The other thing is our wrestling teams and cheer squads have to go [to CHS] because we don't have a facility for them to practice in on campus and so we'll be able to keep them on campus for practice as well as competitions and then eventually, hopefully when the economy gets better. ... we can look into a speech and drama class and when we're able to do that, obviously [the class] would fit nicely with the stage, so we can see [the facility] as helping [CMS] classroom-wise as well."
Clouse said construction will begin this summer.