Gainesville ISD gets $4.9 million multipurpose facility

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GAINESVILLE, Tex. (KXII) -- Gainesville students now have a place for indoor activities and practices with the addition of a $4.9 million multipurpose facility.

It was all done without borrowing any money from taxpayers.

"I walked in and I was like wow this is like the Cowboys stadium when you walk in," student Hayli Stephens said.

Gainesville ISD now has a new 50,000-square-foot indoor practice field right on the high school campus.There's also a 5,000-square-foot weight room, new coaches offices, locker rooms, a film room and more.

"I was just awestruck by it all," Stephens said.

"The dimensions itself will allow this to dress up for any occasion, whether it be academics or extra-curricular activities," GISD School Board President Corey Hardin said.

A $4.9 million dollar project that's more than five years in the making. All funded by leftover money in the district's general fund.

"About five or six years ago, we had a community-wide meeting and this appeared as one of the top ten things needed for the community," Hardin said.

They had been using an 11,000-square-foot field house.

"It was basically a dressing room, a small outdated training room and a coaches office, that was really all our kids had," GISD Superintendent Jeff Brasher said.

With that money they saved up, they took that old "dressing room" and turned it into a 61,000-square-foot multipurpose facility.

"Our band can use this, all our athletic programs, we're talking about having a STEM convention here," Brasher said.

The space can also be used by anyone in the community.

"Community-wide, from all the way down to grade school, the Boys and Girls Club," Hardin said.

"This validates how important our kids are and how important their success is not only to me and our board, but our community as well," Brasher said.

Next on the list of improvements is a possible agriculture barn on campus. The board will vote on that at its meeting on Oct. 16.

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