BOE approves lease agreement with county
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By Christa Jennings
Senior Staff Writer
Following meetings held recently of the Board of Education and County Commission, the board and county have agreed to enter into a lease agreement together.
Ultimately this lease agreement pertains to locating the Coosa County Extension Office to the former high school office space. The Extension Office is expected to move in and occupy that space on March 1.
This movement came about after months of discussion regarding the Extension Office having mold and other issues and the office being temporarily relocated to office space in the county E-911 building. Now the Extension Office and staff will be moving from the E-911 building to the old high school office in Hanover as part of the 8-month lease agreement.
The Board of Education approved the lease agreement proposed during a special called meeting February 2. It then went on to the County Commission, which unanimously approved the lease agreement during its meeting Tuesday morning.
The 8-month lease agreement includes that no rent shall be paid by the County Commission. However, per the agreement, the county will be responsible for all repairs and maintenance of the premises the Extension Office will occupy, which is strictly the former office area of the school.
The agreement further states that the commission “shall not cause any renovation, structural changes, or improvements to the leased premises” without the prior written approval of the Board of Education.
The lease agreement specifically states that the purpose of the lease is for the “temporary placement and use by the County Extension Office personnel and programs.”
Per the agreement, the commission is responsible for maintaining the leased premises “at its sole cost and expense,” as well as responsible for the security of the premises at all times and for its internet and telecommunication services.
Additionally, for the duration of the lease agreement, the commission will be responsible for and pay 25% of the costs and expenses for utilities serving the premises and 25% “of the chiller expenses.”
The agreement states that the utility and chiller services will remain listed in the name of the Board of Education, but that they shall be paid by the County Commission to the board “upon presentation of each monthly billing statement.”
The County Commission recessed its meeting Tuesday and will reconvene its meeting at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 21. See next week’s edition for additional coverage of its meeting.
During its January meetings, the Board of Education:
- Unanimously approved the voluntary transfer of Alicia Villagrana to the open paraprofessional position at Central Elementary School for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year, with her remaining in her current position at Central High School until a replacement is found.
- Unanimously approved Karleyun Lauderdale as a community coach at Central High School for the 2022-2023 season pending completion of a background check. Lauderdale will not be paid by the board.
- Unanimously approved the following individuals as substitute teachers/aides, pending completion of requirements with board approval: Tena Jones, April Honeycutt, Priscilla Nicole Wood, Melissa Hammonds, Payton Fielding, Sheryl Borden, and Montavis Brown.
- Unanimously approved Cathy Calloway as a substitute bus driver for the remainder of the 2022-2023 school year.
Following its special called meeting held February 9, the next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Coosa County Board of Education will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, February 23.