MILLEDGEVILLE — The Baldwin County Board of Education is discussing the possibility of demolishing the former Carver High School property.
The school board declared the old Carver High School property as surplus property during April’s regular meeting. After nearly two weeks of advertising the Carver school property for bid, the school board did not receive any bids or generate interest.
“We put it out for bid and we had no takers, or have anyone express interest in the property. At this point, the school board is trying to decide our next step for Carver. The discussion is about demolition of the property,” School Superintendent Geneva Braziel said. “It’s too costly for us to refurbish the property, and we just don’t have a need for the building; it’s an empty building that’s sitting vacant.”
Braziel said she spoke with Parrish Construction Group personnel to budget the cost of demolishing the complete structure and utilities of the facility to return the property to a field.
Located at 435 E. Walton St., the property consists of eight acres of land.
“There’s 33,000 square feet of area out there,” she said. “We’re in the continuous conversation with the city and the county to see if there’s any interest in their part.”
If the school board approves for Parrish Construction Group to move forward with demolition, work will be advertised for bidding for 30 days. A minimum of three subcontractor bids will be received and a recommendation with a final guaranteed maximum price will be brought before the school board for approval.
“We’re still hoping that somebody will take that building and do something for the community with it,” Braziel said, “especially in that area where a lot of children live.”
The original Carver High School building was burned down in 1948 at another site. It was in the school board’s best interest not to rebuild on the site and a company purchased the lot. The Carver High School was rebuilt at its current site in 1949 before transitioning into an elementary school years later.
GNETS of Oconee was housed in the building before moving to the former Sallie Davis Elementary School in 2010. The Carver property has remained vacant since.
For more information about the property, contact Allen Martin at 478-453-4176.
In other business, the board:
• presented each school principal with accreditation certificates from the Georgia Accrediting Commission for maintaining good standing;
• awarded Baldwin High School Principal Dr. Jessica Swain and Assistant Principal Dr. Jeremy Dockery with a certificate distinguishing the school as a finalists for the STEM Education Award;
• approved minutes from the meetings held on Aug. 12, 13 and 29;
• approved personnel recommendations as presented;
• approved financial reports for the school district and the Early Learning Center;
• approved revisions made to the ELC Transportation Services Policies and Procedures;
• approved sole source and bid purchases;
• approved field trip requests from Baldwin High School and O.E. students;
• approved the revised class size resolution;
• approved the change in the number of Carnegie Units needed for graduation;
• approved the Local Board Training Plan;
• approved the Quality Board application;
• approved participation in the Provision 2 nutrition program; and
• heard the sales and use tax fund report from Braziel.
The school board is slated to convene at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8 at the board office located off the U.S. Highway 441 bypass.
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