Last updated: August 19. 2014 11:33AM - 1099 Views
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The Troup County Board of Education may transfer the former Cannon Street Elementary School building to the city of LaGrange.
Superintendent Cole Pugh and John Radcliffe, assistant superintendent of maintenance and operations, have been speaking with LaGrange City Manager Tom Hall and Mayor Jim Thornton about plans the city has for the building, the school officials said Monday.
Hall said this morning that the city has historically owned assets that it has made available to nonprofit entities in the community, like the Union Street library that is occupied and 100 Black Men of West Georgia and old Union Street School occupied by the Alpha Multipurpose Center. Since Cannon Street was a city property before the city's school system was consolidated into the Troup County School System and currently isn't operating as a school, Hall said the city was interested in using it similarly.
The Boys and Girls Club of West Georgia currently leases part of the facility and the agreement would not change that. Hall said the city would manage the building and anticipates making the remaining space available to other community-based groups, however noted that any plans are up to LaGrange City Council, which still has to approve the transfer.
Radcliffe said the transfer would take the building off the school system's books. The transfer would not involve any exchange of funds between the two entities.
If the Board of Education approves the transfer on Thursday, it will give chairman Sheila Rowe and Pugh the authority to sign the documentation to authorize it after City Council approves.
In another matter, the board on Thursday also will be asked to approve a bid of $261,375 to Rycars Construction, LLC for re-roofing at Berta Weathersbee Elementary School. Radcliffe said the 12-year-old roofing material on the school has deteriorated and water is not flowing off like it should, but seeping into the school. He said there may be an item added to Thursday's agenda for asbestos abatement for some of the roofing materials before it can actually re-roof.
Radcliffe also said that the project to build the new Ethel Kight Elementary School is actually slightly ahead of schedule and moving along “great.” School System CFO Byron Jones said the system is working to keep the building project financially efficient after its special-purpose, local-option sales tax funds – the source of funding for the project – came in lower than expected last year.
Jones said the system has budgeted money to bond money for the project if it needs to, but efficient use of funds should avoid having to seek a bond. Although last year's SPLOST collections were down, this year's collections have been stronger.
Radcliffe also noted that the move of current Ethel Kight students and staff to the former West Side Magnet School building went smoothly. Most of the work to prepare the building was finished in June and Radcliffe said many areas look “like new.”

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