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.