GLASGOW — The building that once housed Sears on Broadway Street and is currently the location for some of the Barren County School System's preschool classes is being sold.
The Barren County Board of Education voted at its June 13 meeting to sell the building, but on Thursday night the board took action to make a correction in the June 13 meeting minutes so that they reflect the board's authorization to allow Kerry Dilley, board chairman, to sign closing documents for the property transfer.
Should Dilley not be available to sign the closing documents, board member Tammy Groce will sign in his absence.
School Board Attorney Rich Alexander explained the change in the June 13 meeting minutes was merely a formality.
“But when the transaction gets ready to close they will need that documentation in order to properly close that transaction,” he said.
The board has agreed to sell the Broadway Street building to Highland Hills Community Church for $550,000.
The church is currently holding services in the former Glasgow Parks and Recreation Department building that is adjacent to Beula C. Nunn Park off Glasgow's South Public Square.
Bo Matthews, superintendent of the Barren County School System, explained the board chose to sell the Broadway Street building due to having a couple of options available that are better for a long-term facility that would house preschool and potentially a central office, plus a future school.
“We found we had an interested party that would like to utilize that property immediately. We had two other options basically who came to us that we weren't aware of about three years ago,” he said. “It made good sense for us to make these moves so we would be in a position to have cash on hand and not have a facility that may not serve our needs as well as what these other spaces will.”
The final contract for the sale of the Broadway Street building has not yet been signed.
“We're just cleaning up some things the attorney said we have to do, but we are confident that it is sold,” Matthews said.
Money from the sale of the Broadway Street building will go to fund the acquisition of property for future construction needs.
While he would not disclose where the board may be looking to build its next school, Matthews did say it would likely be in the city limits.
As to what type the next school will be, Matthews said that is still yet to be determined, but added it could be a second middle school or another elementary school.