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White Co. BOE Forms Committee To Explore Future Uses Of Central View School

The White County Board of Education has created a subcommittee to determine the future use of the Central View School property.

Director of Schools Kurt Dronebarger said board member Bob Young will serve as the chairman as well as members Kay Prater and Kenneth Robinson.

“It is an informational gathering committee,” Dronebarger said. “Their goal is to find out our future use, our purpose for the Central View school building. We closed that school about three years ago.”

Dronebarger said repurposing or selling the building are two options to explore. Dronebarger said school board members have expressed long term renting as less likely.

“We need to decide if we are going to keep it, what is the purpose of the building, and if not, who would be a good fit for a new type of business or whatever entity it may be in that community,” Dronebarger said.

Dronebarger said county officials and residents of the community will also be included, but are yet to be determined. Dronebarger said Young will create a meeting schedule once all members are official.

“We want to make sure that they have a voice at the table,” Dronebarger said. “The county representative I know we have had discussions of bring the county executive on board there and the county finance director, as well to talk from the money perspective.”

The once elementary school has been rented out once but has been mostly vacant. The Board of Education was approached by a group interested in renting the property in April. Dronebarger said that sparked the board to consider creating a committee.

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