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Houston Co. Schools approve $10 million Perry High gym project

The Houston Co. school board approved a $10 million project Tuesday to build a new competition gym at Perry High School/Courtesy Houston Co. Schools

PERRY, Ga. -- The Houston Co. school board approved a $10 million project Tuesday to build a new competition gym at Perry High School.

It will meet GHSA competition standards, allowing the school to host any state tournaments or events.

Veterans High School is currently the only school in the county that meets seating requirements. The Perry High project is the first in getting all Houston County high school gyms up to GHSA competition standards.

School officials say construction for the new Perry gym will begin in April. They hope to finish by Fall 2019.

The exact cost for the project is $10,250,595 -- which officials say will be paid for with ESPLOST funds.

The gym -- which will seat 2,000 -- is going to be built in the current student parking lot next to Perry High. That's also right next to the current football stadium, allowing the concessions and facilities to be shared.

“Everything has grown so much from when they were originally built," said Scot Hill, Houston Co. Schools facility director. "Hopefully it will be a place that the community is proud of, and that they can come out and enjoy high school sports and other activities for the school.”

Hill says, in the next couple years, they will begin projects at Warner Robins, Houston and Northside high schools. The Perry High project is expected to be the most expensive.

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