Mayor James A. Young, (second from left) accepts a check from Eva Tisdale in the amount of $10,000 from the Community in Action Organization to put towards renovations of the old Booker T. Washington School gym. Also pictured are Community in Action members Cecil Hooker, Bobby Wilson and Rudolph Tatum.
Mayor James A. Young, (second from left) accepts a check from Eva Tisdale in the amount of $10,000 from the Community in Action Organization to put towards renovations of the old Booker T. Washington School gym. Also pictured are Community in Action members Cecil Hooker, Bobby Wilson and Rudolph Tatum.

The City of Philadelphia agreed last Tuesday to repair the roof at the old Booker T. Washington school gym after discussions with community members over the need to repair the roof.



The cost to the city to repair the roof will be $18,225 based upon the winning bid submitted by McDaniel Construction out of Vicksburg. The project will include the main metal roof over the gym floor at a cost of $13,875 for a 7,500 square foot roof and a smaller roof for the area adjacent to the gym at a cost of $4,350 for a 1,100 square foot roof. 

The city also received a $10,000 check from the Community in Action Organization as a donation to put towards renovations of the gymnasium. According to Mayor James A. Young, the funds from the organization were to go to offset the cost of repairing the roof, but the city has instead decided to cover the cost of the roof and allow the $10,000 to be used for other necessary renovations like the gym floor, which is also badly in need of repair. 

“Over the last 10-15 years on and off we have dealt with leaks at the gym,” Young said. “Park and recreation use it for the youth basketball league, and we just felt we needed to upgrade the facilities to serve our youth.”

Philadelphia-Neshoba County Park Director Cody Bryan said he was “tickled to death” that the city decided to put money into renovating the gym.

“I am real excited about it,” Bryan said. “The basketball program we have out there is a real good thing for the community and the parks department.”

Bryan said that the basketball league has been playing at the old gym for many years. Recently Bryan said that the league had between 110 and 115 children playing. 

Bryan said that the gym has been badly in need of repair for many years.

“Last year we did a lot of work on the floor, cut out the dead spots and did some other work,” Bryan said. “We have been lucky when we have played on Saturdays not to have a torrential downpour over there. It would be bad to call a basketball game on account of rain. I am real happy that they are about to put some money in over there. It will be a win for the whole community. 

Young said that the project was already budgeted as part of the 2017-2018 fiscal year budget. Young said that he had instructed the contractor to be finished with the roof portion of the project by the end of September to make the deadline for inclusion in the current year’s budget cycle.