Administration offices to make historical move

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, February 18, 2012

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The oldest building in the Decatur school district could soon house yet a different set of offices.

With Weatherford College Wise County set to move into its new building this summer and its lease with the Decatur school district coming to an end for its temporary location on South Cates Street, the Decatur School Board Wednesday decided to move forward with plans to move the administration offices into the building once the college moves out.

The facility, which was built in 1938 originally as a high school and has had numerous uses over the years, is owned by the school district.

Superintendent Rod Townsend said there have been “several inquiries” from people or organizations interested in using the building, but the school has had plans in place for its use.

“I think it’s a great building. I think we should restore it,” Townsend said, adding that the auditorium could be turned into a board room.

Board President Alan White said the long-range plan has been for the administration building to eventually use the facility.

“As we grow, moving up there would set us for many, many years,” he said.

“If we’ve got use for it, I’d rather use it than selling or renting it out,” board member Kevin Haney said.

The technology department would move into the current administration building under the proposed plan, giving that department more space as well.

In the board meeting on Thursday, driver Debby Brady was recognized for her actions after her bus began sinking on a collapsing bridge last month. She safely escorted four children off the bus and walked them home.

“We truly have a hero in our group tonight,” Townsend said. “Because of her quick action, there is no telling how much she saved when her bus slipped into a creek.”

Randy Ritzel with Apple computers presented the district with an Apple Distinguished School award for the 2011-2012 school year.

“I nominated Decatur High School because of the administration and staff’s dedication to allowing students to be creative, to collaborate and to compete globally,” Ritzel said when making the presentation of a plaque to Principal Jason Cochran.

Ritzel said DHS was only one of 10 schools in the state to receive the award.

The board approved next year’s school calendar. Key dates are as follows:

  • Aug. 27 – First day of school
  • Nov. 19-20 – Staff development/student holidays
  • Nov. 21-23 – Thanksgiving break
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 4 – Winter break
  • Jan. 22 – First day of second semester
  • March 11-15 – Spring break
  • June 6 – Last day of school
  • April 29 and May 24 – Bad weather days

In other business, the board approved spending up to $40,000 for new cafeteria tables at Rann Elementary.

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