The Johnston County school system has razed the field house at Smithfield-Selma High School, but hasn’t decided what will replace the building.
Speaking recently to Smithfield-Selma business leaders, Superintendent of Schools Ross Renfrow said he had no money to replace the field house. But he did acknowledge the need for one, even though SSS athletes have access to the nearby Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center.
“There needs to be a field house on the campus at SSS High School,” Renfrow said.
All other Johnston County high schools have a field house, though school system spokeswoman Tracey Peedin Jones said that, in most cases, she could not attach dollar amounts to those field houses because they were lumped into bond packages.
Here’s a breakdown of field houses at Johnston County high schools. What the school system will build at SSS could look like one of these.
Clayton High – Built in 1998 with bond dollars approved in 1995, the field house has 3,443 square feet. Its users are the school’s varsity and junior varsity football teams.
Cleveland High – Built in 2010 with bond dollars approved in 2007, the field house has 4,850 square feet. Its users are the school’s football, track and cross country squads.
Corinth Holders High – Built in 2010 with 2007 bond dollars, the 4,850-square-foot building is home to the school’s varsity and junior varsity football teams and the boys and girls’ track squads.
North Johnston High – Built in 2001 with 1999 bond dollars, the 4,850-square-foot building is home to the school’s varsity and junior varsity football teams and its track squads
Princeton High – Built in 2001 for just short of $550,000, the 4,850-square-foot building is home to high school and middle school football, high school track and middle school baseball.
South Johnston High – the school has two field houses, one built in 1970, the other in 2008 with 2005 bond dollars. Together, the field houses have about 5,400 square feet. The school’s softball and girls’ soccer teams use the 1970 field house. The 2008 field house is home to varsity and junior varsity football and baseball.
West Johnston High – Built in 2016 for $1 million, the 4,512-square-foot building is the exclusive home of the school’s football team.
Smithfield-Selma athletes have access to 5,830 square foot of space in the Smithfield Recreation and Aquatics Center, built with town and county bond dollars.
Field houses at some schools do double-duty, serving as space for physical education classes, classes in sports medicine or meeting space for clubs.
Abbie Bennett: 910-849-2827; @AbbieRBennett