County Schools Seeking Use Of 2 Former VAAP Buildings Near Central Office

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Hamilton County School system is applying to obtain two surplus buildings on 3.5 acres that were part of the former Volunteer Army Amunition Plant.

The property is to the rear of the county school headquarters at Bonny Oaks.

One building contains 3,856 square feet and the other 4,024 square feet.

One building is to be renovated for the virtual education division, while the other is planned to house the student services division.

Cost to fix up one building for classrooms and an office for the online program was put at $192,000.

Some 850 students are enrolled in the virtual teaching program. The building is also to be used for increased training opportunity for online teachers. There will be a computer classroom for hands-on instruction.

The expense for outfitting the other building for Student Services is estimated at $201,000. Student Services is involved in such programs as No Child Left Behind, Homebound, and Homeless. It is planned to convert student records to an electronic format and store them at this location. That would allow all of the Student Services records to be stored in one place for the first time. 

Eight to 12 staff members will be at the new school site, officials said.

There is also a parking shed on the property, but officials said it is in very poor condition and will be torn down.

The county schools will be applying for "discounted conveyance" of the two buildings pending approval of the School Board on Thursday night.   

Officials said a similar application was approved in 2011, but it was delayed due to environmental issues being resolved.


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