Hononegah Community High School breaks ground on multi-million dollar field house

ROCKTON, Ill. (WIFR) - "By the time the field house is finished we will have been without indoor space for three and a half years," said HCHS Superintendent Lynn Gibson.

It's been a long time coming since the dome at Hononegah High School collapsed in December of 2015. Now after three referendums, Hononegah Community High School breaks ground on a replacement, a new 80,000 square foot field house.

"People move here because of the schools that are here and we want to make sure that we are maintaining and continuously improving our school efforts here," said Gibson.

The new facility offers more space for students who say things right now are tight.

"They're very excited about having additional space," said Gibson.

"We're a family here and I think everybody can tell we are like a family here and like doctor Gibson said we're smooshed and when you get smooshed you can go a little stir crazy," said HCHS student board president Brett Jones.

The addition includes a 200-meter track, two long jump sand pits and four multi-purpose courts. The field house will also feature batting and golf cages as well as seating for 3,300 fans.

"This is something that the community will really be able to be proud of," said HCHS board president Dave Kurlinkus.

Construction will begin early next week and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2019.

The construction will bring 65 full-time jobs to the area. The district is using a $17.8 million bond to pay for the project.

The average home owner in the district will pay $54 per $100,000 home.