School district brings new life to old building

info@islandpacket.comNovember 19, 2013 

The Beaufort County School District is to be commended for its decision to return to service the office building it owns on King Street.

The former district office in downtown Beaufort was left vacant when the district relocated in 2010 to a larger building in Mink Point that once was Battery Creek High School. The King Street property will be put back into use when the district relocates and consolidates its adult-education program there.

Though it's not clear how much the move will cost, chief operational services officer Phyllis White says the expense should be minimal. And director of adult education Juanita Murrell said she's excited about the relocation because it means a larger space and "the opportunity to offer more classes to the community."

This move also should allow about 100 additional students to participate, and Murrell believes the office's location will make it more convenient for the district's business partners to participate in adult education instruction.

Whether that results or not, benefit should also accrue to the city of Beaufort, which seeks redevelopment of properties in that area. Although a major facelift is not likely in store and the property won't be added to its tax rolls, a facility that is again put to use is far preferable to one that is shuttered and invites menace.

Repurposing the building is a fiscally responsible way to bring activity to an important part of town.

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