Carter County Schools to auction vacated buildings

Published 10:15 am Friday, July 28, 2023

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Star Correspondent
The Carter County Board of Education will likely hear from auctioneers next month who are interested in assisting with the sale of the recently vacated Central Office building on Academy Street and the Siam Learning Center.
Board members met Thursday in a special called meeting, which was held in the new board room at the restructured Keenburg Elementary School.
School Superintendent Brandon Carpenter said he had received several inquiries recently about the vacant buildings.
Keith Bowers Sr., a board member, made a motion to select an auctioneer and hold an auction for both properties, which were vacated this summer. The board unanimously approved the motion.
The board will hear from interested auctioneers at an August workshop. They expect to then select an auctioneer.
The system’s administrative offices moved earlier in July to Keenburg as part of ongoing restructuring efforts, which also included the closure of the Siam Learning Center on Siam Road.
This past March, to save money due to various rising costs, the Board of Education voted to move Central Office from the former Duffield Academy building on Academy Street to the Keenburg campus. As a result, Keenburg’s students will begin the school year at Central and Hunter elementary schools. Officials are working on a large expansion project at Hunter.
Another change includes moving sixth through eighth grade students at Little Milligan Elementary School to Hampton Elementary School.
The board also approved a motion by Bowers to increase the monthly payment by employees for health insurance by $20. One board member, Danny Ward, voted against the motion.
Board members also approved a motion to install vape detectors in schools.

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