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CCS provides update

Sunday, November 27, 2011

CCS Superintendent Kimberly Tucker expects the corporation's July board meeting in the future central office, 1013 S. Forest Ave, Brazil, to serve as an open house to the public. CCS has hired MMS Architecture and Commercial Interiors, Terre Haute, to draw up plans for renovating the site. In addition, CCS plans to accept and select a construction bid by its March school board meeting. [Order this photo]
Clay Community Schools (CCS) Superintendent Kimberly Tucker said she expects remodeling construction for the future CCS central office to begin by March.

"One of the primary things we've already done is have fiber optic cable ran from Forest Park (Elementary) to the newly purchased property," Tucker told The Brazil Times.

She further explained the corporation has hired Steve Arnold's architectural firm, MMS Architecture and Commercial Interiors, Terre Haute, to draw up plans for renovating the site.

The renovations will convert the former American Legion, 1013 S. Forest Ave., Brazil, from a nightclub atmosphere to a professional office environment.

"As soon as we can come to an agreement on cost and plans, we can begin to accept bids from different construction companies," Tucker said. "Making these decisions will require at least one board meeting, and I hope we can select a bid sometime between January and February, March at the latest."

Tucker added she expects the July school board meeting to take place in the new building and for the meeting to serve as an open house to the public.

CCS board members unanimously voted to purchase and renovate the American Legion property for $277,500 during an August board meeting.

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

Tucker said purchasing the building would allow the corporation to solve several problems.

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

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 came from the Rainy Day Fund, and all renovations are subject to CCS board approval.

"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."

Tucker said CCS officials are still debating on what to do with the current central office.

"That is a decision for the board to make this summer upon my recommendation," Tucker said. "I am not altogether sure what potential use may come of the old central office or whether, in fact, the board would like to sell the building and lot."

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It's still kind of pitiful, though... seeing Indiana's Oldest Post 2 go down the tubes like that. And especially by who partially bought it! A long time, retired National Guardsman...

-- Posted by Dagnabbitt on Sun, Nov 27, 2011, at 9:46 PM

It is great to see that the corporation is so

well off that it can afford to make purchases

like this in these hard economic times.

-- Posted by patriotgames on Tue, Nov 29, 2011, at 8:57 PM

patriotgames - Just wait on your county taxes to raise, to pay for this. I am so glad I live in Parke co., but am so unfortunate for my children to be in the C.C.S.C, and to work in Clay co.

-- Posted by goodolboy on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 7:11 AM

Way to go School Corporation...you have managed throw away hundreds of thousands of dollars. How does this improve test scores and create a better learning enviornment for students of Clay County.

-- Posted by Schraderfan on Wed, Nov 30, 2011, at 6:34 PM

I am glad they are moving into an updated building. As someone who is classified handicapped their older location was near impossible for me to navigate if I had to go there. At least something other than another bar or nightclub is going into that space. And perhaps with the new building the meetings that can be held will bring in more parents to wage their complaints. Great move!

-- Posted by dxrs0 on Tue, Dec 6, 2011, at 1:56 AM

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