ACS buys an old library, a leisure center | Local News
The schools in the city of Athens now own two other properties after reaching an agreement with the city of Athens.
Members of the AEC board of directors voted unanimously at its April 15 meeting to purchase the city’s former library and recreation center.
Superintendent Beth Patton said the cost of the purchase was set at $ 1.6 million, but after selling the town of 6.32 acres of land next to SPARK Academy at Cowart Elementary on Bullington Road, the purchase total fell to $ 641,667.
“We’ve been working on this for some time with the city, so we’re really excited to move forward with this,” she said. “We are currently using the old library building as (an) elementary at Athens Renaissance School. We have plans to use the old recreation center as a sports facility, but we may have to use it to manage other things as well. We are happy to have these two properties. “
Board chairman Russell Johnson said ACS had invested a lot of money in the old library to renovate the building for use. He said the old recreation center would eventually be used for things like an additional football locker room and additional gym space for cheerleaders.
Although it is supposed to be a sports facility, Patton said the school system may have to use the former recreation center property first for other tasks. She said the property purchased by the city of Athens next to Cowart will be kept as green space.
Johnson said the decision to maintain the school system’s face cover order until the end of the current school year was difficult.
“This is our intention, when we open in the fall, we open completely without a mask,” he said. “I don’t know what regulations we’ll get from the state, but our goal will be to get back to a normal school year.”