Anderson School District One Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Tuesday to lease the historic school’s classrooms and cafeteria to the Anderson Districts One and Two Career and Technology Center next year for $1 a year. The Career and Technology Center, which is a separate entity from the school districts, will use the facility for adult education classes.
“About 400 students would be using the building,” said Anderson One Superintendent Wayne Fowler.
The board voted earlier this year to close the school due to budget cuts after school officials said doing so could save about $600,000.
“So in essence, this lease … will allow Pelzer Elementary School to continue to be an educational institution with a different mission,” Fowler said.
The district will also make sure the school offers some art programs.
The career and technology center will have primary liability coverage, and the school district will have secondary liability coverage and be in charge of the upkeep of the roof.
Fowler assured the board that the career and technology center would do a fine job keeping the building in good condition.
“I assure you, that if the career and technology center gets this, it will look better than it ever looked — outside and inside,” he said. “Because the career center — if you go out there and look — it is immaculate, and they will enhance the building.”
The town of Pelzer had been interested in leasing the cafeteria and auditorium — also for $1 a year — but were unable to because of the cost to maintain the building, Fowler said.