Odessa High Supporters Raising Money for New Indoor Practice Facility

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - If some Odessa High supporters have their way, the school could get an indoor athletic practice facility by next year.

On Tuesday night, Former Coach Milt Thompson told board members that the O.H.S. facilities, many of which were built in the 1940's, haven't grown with the district.

But he's not asking for money, he plans to attract community support, and raise private donations.

He'll need a lot of help though, because the cost for an indoor facility would run between 1.4 and 1.7 million dollars.

The proposed facility would not only benefit boys and girls athletics, but cheerleaders and band members as well.

"I think it's needed for our kids that are living on the west side to provide an opportunity for them to workout in inclement weather.  The different number of sports we have, there's so many that need a facility off-season and when other things are in-season, and provide them an area to work out when we have inclement weather and also provide band, flag girls, all those things," Thompson said.

Thompson says districts like Permian, Andrews, Seminole, and Brownfield already have a similar type indoor practice facility.

If they reach their goal, they'll donate the facility to the district in 2009, which by the way, is the 100th anniversary for O.H.S.