After 20 years of using rental space, the Wauseon Board of Education will relocate – a move that will save the school district an estimated $20,000 annually.
The new location will remain undisclosed until the school district closes on a building purchase this spring. “Out of respect for the property owner, it is their property until the sale closes sometime in mid-March,” Superintendent Larry Brown said.
The lease at the present location, the upper floor at 126 S. Fulton St., expires March 31, and the school district elected to not rent anymore and to not construct a new building. The new location was selected by a facility team that physically inspected four possible sites.
The building is being purchased through the school district’s Permanent Improvement Fund, which also supports such things as roof installation and repair, bus purchases, and major building renovations. The new offices will include space to be used for monthly BOE meetings and as a district staff development and training area.
“Since the rent for the last 20 years came out the district’s general fund, there will be approximately $20,000 per year available for other general operating fund purposes,” Brown said. He said the new location “meets the needs of the district as a long-range solution.”
Other factors in choosing the site of the new offices included its location within the city’s school district; it’s closeness to the school buildings; a space large enough to house BOE personnel; and the flexibility of available space. The BOE authorized Brown and Treasurer David Fleming to enter into the purchase agreement.
Brown said once the sale is complete the school district will have two weeks to move equipment to the new site. He said the decision to relocate was made last spring.
The move will have little or no effect on the operation of the district’s school buildings, and no effect on this school year’s monthly BOE meetings, Brown added.
The BOE moved to its present location from Chestnut Street.
David J. Coehrs can be reached at 419-335-2010.