Archive for Thursday, November 11, 2010

BCRC interested in old BESPC

November 11, 2010

Steve Friend has an interest in the former Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center at 700 Chapel Street as a possible community center.

Friend, the director of the Baldwin City Recreation Commission, said the BCRC would use the building for many of its functions and community events.

However, he must first convince the Baldwin USD 348 Board of Education to donate the building to the BCRC. He talked to the school board at its meeting Monday night.

“We knew you were getting close to having this discussion, and we’ve been looking to pursue this for a while now,” Friend said. “When I came here, one of the goals of the recreation commission was to pursue a community center. It’s been on our plate for a while.”

Friend gave each board member a sketch of how he might use the rooms and multi-purpose room.

“It does look like it might be feasible to use parts of it,” Friend said. “What I gave you was a really rough layout of what might be possible. When you’re discussing this, just keep us in the back our your mind.”

Board President Alison Bauer asked Friend if the BCRC could purchase the building or just own it. Friend said the rec commission couldn’t purchase property, but it can own property given to it or rent property.

During discussion of other options, Superintendent Paul Dorathy said the district have an outside company, which sells old school buildings, have a public auction for the building. He also said the district could also talk to a local realtor about selling it.

Dorathy wasn’t sure how much the property would bring if it was put up for auction or sold to someone else. He did say the money couldn't go into the district’s general fund budget, but it could go into its capital outlay budget.

The school board directed Dorathy to get an appraisal of the building, along with a cost estimate for an appraisal of the entire lot, which includes the District Office and South Gym.

Comments

markdunn 4 years, 1 month ago

"Steve Friend has an interest in the former Baldwin Elementary School Primary Center at 700 Chapel Street as a possible community center."

Best idea I've heard in a LONG time.

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Bloggerboo 4 years, 1 month ago

Unless that means just giving it to the BCRC. I don't think we can afford to give anything away right now. Renting it to them may be a possibility, but if we are considering closing schools, I'm not sure that would bring in enough to make it worth not selling this building and/or lot.

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Redflyer 4 years, 1 month ago

How about giving it to them and then cutting all school sports and then the BCRC and booster clubs can handle the sports....That would save the district a ton of money!!!!!

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Redflyer 4 years, 1 month ago

How about giving it to them and then cutting all school sports and then the BCRC and booster clubs can handle the sports....That would save the district a ton of money!!!!!

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Julie Craig 4 years, 1 month ago

hahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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citymole 4 years, 1 month ago

AMAZING IDEA REDFLYER! because we cant afford to DONATE anything. We cant afford to keep our schools open much less donate something.

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solo 4 years, 1 month ago

Correct me if I am wrong but isn't the BCRC primarily funded by USD 348 mill levy?
Any chance Baker might be interested in the piece of real estate? After all it's right next door. But I bet financial restraints are a problem for them too.

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BaldwinDad 4 years, 1 month ago

How about we sell the old building at auction and on top of that eliminate the entire sports/Music.Art budget and let the BCRC, Lumberyard Arts, and Booster clubs pick up the slack.

I have plenty of friends in Kansas City that pay $125 to $150 for their kids to play Pop Warner football and other sports, not sure why we can't do that here in Baldwin. I also have my child attending several different art programs by the Lumberyard and I'm going to send her to a private tutor for piano lessons.

No , point in spending any money on something that is only benefiting less then 15 percent of the entire student body versus cutting the budget from something that benefits 50% percent of the entire student body.

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Chicramblings 4 years, 1 month ago

The only thing that would make more sense to your suggestion is if both buildings and the old gym are put on the auction block or up for sale, not just the old primary center. I guess while there is room to move 120 kids, there is no room to move the 12 or so district employees occupying the old intermediate center?

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Bloggerboo 4 years ago

You can't be over 16 and play Pop Warner football..that would mean no football for most of our sophomores and up. Also, most rec league sports do not offer leagues during the normal high school seasons, so who would our teams play? Silliest idea I've ever heard.

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