Rising from the ashes: Work started on new athletic facility at Lanett High School

Published 3:32 pm Monday, February 21, 2022

Just over a year since an electrical fire burned it down, work has begun rebuilding the athletic field house at Lanett High School.

Lanett City Schools Superintendent Jennifer Boyd said no changes to the building’s name have been considered.

“The majority of funding for this project will come from the insurance settlement,” said Lanett City Schools Superintendent Jennifer Boyd. “[The] projected cost is close to $1.9M.”

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Boyd said the projected finish date is September 2022.

Athletic Director Clifford Story said demolition of the old building started over the weekend. The new facility will be built in the same place.

He said the new facility will make better use of space than the old one.

“In the past, when you came in from outside, you came in into the weight room,” he said. “But we’re going to come in into the locker room. And then, the coach’s office is going to be more up toward the center of the building versus in the corner of the building. And then, we’re going to do the weight room to where people just can’t walk into the weight room. We’re going to have the weight room… it’s going to be in the corner where the doors and stuff can be locked.”

Story said the weight room will be partially paid for by donations.

Batson-Cook Construction has the contract for the project, but Story said a lot of their work is being sub-contracted.

“I’m just glad we’re going to finally have our home back,” he said. “We’ve been blessed to be able to work out of Valley Baptist Church. And then, the school and the administrators have been great as far as allowing the facilities that we have to be used. But, you know, it’s nothing like home.”

Story said Lanett High School athletes have been using the auditorium to dress and house their belongings while they practiced.

“I’m just happy to finally see some work getting done because this [has] been a long time coming,” he said. “It’s been over a year since our building burned down.”