A new near $1.4 million football stadium on the Neshoba Central High School campus moved closer to fruition Monday night when the School Board accepted a bid from a Meridian construction company.

D & H Construction and Cabinetry Inc. was awarded the $1,386,000 bid.

Other bids included $1,422,900 from Weather’s Construction Inc., and $1,824,700 from Perry Construction Company of Philadelphia.

Superintendent of Education Lundy Brantley was excited over the bid award for the new stadium which will increase the number of seats on the home side to 2,600. That includes 220 chair-back seats.

The current home side of the field seats about 1,800.

“We are so proud of seeing the stadium come to fruition for our kids and community,” Dr. Brantley said. “Mr. (Daniel) Wade, our band director, said when one of his students saw the rendering she said, ‘now we will be like the schools we play." The stadium will be impressive and something to be proud of for everyone.”

There will also be a new press box on the home side of the field.

In the new stadium, which is expected to be completed by May, the home side of the field will be located where the current visitors’ side is.

The new visitors’ side will feature 800 seats.

The stadium project includes demolition and removal of the current seats.

The new stadium will be funded with $640,000 in bond monies with the remainder from district savings.

The new stadium is part of a $23.4 million project approved by voters in August 2015, which included a new high school among other things.

The overall project is being funded by a $14 million bond issue and $9.3 million in a lease-purchase arrangement.

Dr. Brantley said contracts were also approved Monday night with architect PryorMorrow of Columbus for phase one of the new high school cafeteria/safe room.

“I want to emphasize we are still in the architect/engineering phase of the cafeteria project,” he said.

Also as part of the overall school improvement project, the School Board is accepting bids to remove asbestos from the old high school before it can be demolished, Dr. Brantley said.

“By law, we have to remove the asbestos before we demolish the building,” he said.