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May 6, 2014

CISD to sell administration building to Navarro County

Corsicana — The Corsicana ISD administration building, along with the Stephen F. Austin former school building on First Avenue, will be sold to the county for $350,000, according to a vote by the school board Monday.

The CISD board of trustees met in a special meeting Monday to authorize the sale, which will be handled by Superintendent Diane Frost.

It was the right time to consolidate the school district’s administrative and special needs under one roof at the former Lee Elementary, 2200 W. Fourth Ave., said Frost.

“Opportunity and timing play a key role in making this a positive move for both CISD and Navarro County,” Frost said.

The sale will include the main administration building the former Austin school building, and two warehouses behind the administration building.

The county wants to buy the buildings as an annex to the courthouse, about a block south. Voters authorized selling bonds to help pay for an extensive renovation of the courthouse, with work set to begin this year.

Some of the displaced county workers will go into the CISD admin building, while the courtrooms and court support systems, like the district attorney’s office and district clerk’s office, will be housed temporarily at the Navarro Center, the former mall.

The CISD employees won’t be able to move out until after school is released on June 6, Frost said.

The money from the sale of the buildings will more than cover the cost of upgrades to Lee Elementary, although Frost said she wasn’t sure how much the Lee work would cost. Lee’s foundation and roof are fine, but there will be some work done to open up the first-floor windows at the former school, and some of the former classrooms will receive dividers to make them into office space. The building will also get a landscaping upgrade, Frost said.

The rest of the money will go into the general fund.

The school district will be able to save some money on the maintenance and upkeep of the administration buildings, according to some on-the-spot figuring by Asst. Superintendent Mike Nielsen. Since September, the district has spent about $74,000 in utilities and maintenance on the complex.

“We feel like it’s a win-win all the way around,” Frost told the board.

In other business, the board also approved adding four new teacher’s positions at the high school and middle school levels. There will be one English teacher added at the high school, and one at Collins, with the intention to reduce classroom sizes and allow teachers to spend more time on reading and writing skills. Two other positions will be created in the career tech courses.

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Janet Jacobs may be reached via email at jjacobs@corsicanadailysun.com.

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