In June 25 IssueBy Greg WellsTimes Journal Managing Editor
The Russell County School Board voted unanimously to sell the old Russell Springs Elementary School facility to Somerset Community College.
Superintendent Scott Pierce said the deal would bring $500,000 cash into the district's general fund, and $385,000 a year of "other considerations," for an unspecified period.
That was the calculated value of the guaranteed continued use of office space, child care space and adult education space in the building as well as continued use of the two softball fields at what is presently the Charlene S. Harris Educational Center.
"This is a win-win situation for the community," Pierce said.
He explained that the agreement means a continuing presence by the community college in the county and provided the district what it needed as well.
After the meeting Pierce told board members that Curtis Ervin would be serving as the Band Director at Russell County High School.
He said that Ervin comes highly recommended and has been the long-serving director of the Marion County High School Band.
"He is a value driven individual," Pierce said.
Pierce said he hoped to be able to introduce him soon, but Ervin's youngest daughter was having surgery that day, and so was unable to come to that special called meeting Tuesday morning.
He said the five-member committee, made up of three parents of children in the band, had selected Ervin from the 24 applicants, which included 3 educators with doctoral degrees.
There is another special called meeting expected for this coming Tuesday, June 30th at noon.