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CCS plans to move to new office

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

CCS administrative officials will be working from a different location soon. The CCS central office is being moved to the former American Legion building, 1013 South Forest Avenue, Brazil. Plans for renovation and moving details are still being decided at this time. [Order this photo]
Clay Community School's (CCS) central office will be moving to a new home this school year.

During its monthly August meeting, CCS board members unanimously voted to purchase and renovate the American Legion property, 1013 South Forest Avenue, for $277,500.

CCS Superintendent Kimberly Tucker said purchasing the building will allow the corporation to solve many existing problems.

"The present central office is not handicap accessible. It has limited parking, limited security and no central air. There is also no space for training employees, board meetings and there have been continuous issues with older plumbing and other structural issues," Tucker told The Brazil Times.

Before purchasing the property, school board officials confirmed the property was free of any liens and judgments against it with real estate agent Lori Dalton from Century 21.

The money to purchase the property will come from the Rainy Day Fund, and all renovations are subject to CCS board approval.

Tucker added the legion building has many beneficial amenities.

"The new central office has large open spaces for training and public meetings and is handicap accessible," Tucker said. "It's also equipped with a large blacktop parking area. There are already several offices in place which will provide more security and confidentiality when meeting with school patrons and employees."

The building is 8,280-square feet and sits on 1.34 acres. There are approximately 100 parking spaces in the parking area.

However, Tucker added there is still a lot of work needed to be done before the building will be fully functional as an administrative office.

Tucker said additional office space will need to be constructed internally; fiber optic cables will need to be added, as well as cosmetic remodeling to convert the building from a club atmosphere to a professional office environment.

In addition, there are still many decisions about the building move left to be decided. CCS could not provide a date as to when the move will begin at this time.

The corporation is still considering purchasing another building to use for the bus garage, but they are also contemplating including the transportation office with the new central office building.

"A decision will be made later about where the transportation office may be housed," Tucker said.

The former owners are currently clearing out their belongings to make room for CCS officials to move in.

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This will be excellent!!!!

-- Posted by angelinbluejeans on Wed, Aug 24, 2011, at 8:39 PM

Was VERY nice of the CCS to allow legion members to retrieve property that rightfully belongs to the legion....very cool!

-- Posted by Kayk on Thu, Aug 25, 2011, at 11:10 AM

Lets not incorporate the transprotation office in this office! it needs to be with the garage. nothing like having the management of an area across town! geez!

-- Posted by FireWife27 on Thu, Aug 25, 2011, at 12:31 PM

Why not move the buses and garage there? Build something on the extra ground. Why buy more land or another building?

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Thu, Aug 25, 2011, at 6:55 PM

Mom always said, "if you cant say something nice dont say anything at all."

Well guess I'll take my moms advice on this one because I have absolutely nothing nice to say about this.

-- Posted by lifehasitsmoments on Thu, Aug 25, 2011, at 10:48 PM

It would be a good idea to buy land just south of the New Central Office, put the Transportation facility right there next to the Central Office.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Sat, Aug 27, 2011, at 3:56 PM

This is a great move in my opinion for CCS, one that is probably 20 years overdue. It will definitely allow for easier access for all schools to visit. I would have to agree with Fire Wife 27, the transportation office and Director need to stay with the buses and mechanics. The director needs to be with his staff, it seems as though that relationship is a strong and positive one.

-- Posted by Ron Archer on Sun, Aug 28, 2011, at 2:49 AM

Help Sam out purchase land south of legion for bus garage.

-- Posted by buddry55 on Mon, Aug 29, 2011, at 9:01 PM

Looks like your property tax is going to be raised. But that shouldn't be a problem. Clay County is full of millionaires.

-- Posted by Strider on Fri, Sep 2, 2011, at 10:30 AM

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