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District holds tours of new building; county leaders to look at future of former building

All departments of the Colleton County School District have officially moved into the new administrative site. Now, school district leaders are going to host guided tours of the new building for the public.
Anyone wanting to take a guided tour of the new offices can contact the office. A tour was held on Tuesday, Feb. 18th, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The new administrative site is located at 500 Forest Circle Drive, in the former Forest Circle Middle School. The Colleton County School Board voted in 2018 to turn the then-vacant building into tits new administrative site, which combined multiple district offices into one centralized spot.
The $7.1-million project was funded with a $5.5 million bond resolution, passed by the school board in February of 2018. The remaining funds – approximately $1.6 million - are coming from the district’s Capital Project Fund.
The new all-inclusive administrative building now houses the Colleton’s Adult Learning Center and the Colleton Academy for Success (the alternative education program). Both of these centers will leave their current locations and will be housed in the new building.
In addition to housing these two programs, the new building will also be the main site for all of the school district’s offices, including the Office of the Superintendent, the Office of Administrative Services, the Office of Federal Program, the Office of Student Services, the Office of Special Services, the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, and the district’s Office of Student Nutrition. The Colleton County School Board and its conference room will also be in this new space, meaning this is where most of the school board’s public meetings will be held.
In addition to the new administrative building, the Colleton County School District does own other property, located at 609 Colleton Loop and 611 Colleton Loop in Walterboro.
The new administrative building has consolidated the need for this space, meaning the space at 609 and 611 Colleton Loop will be empty. According to Colleton County School District Spokesman Sean Gruber, district leaders are currently “exploring options for utilizing” this district office property.
The new administrative site means that the former headquarters are now empty. Prior to funding the new building, district leaders used the Floyd Buckner Building, which is located near downtown Walterboro off of Jefferies Highway, near the corner of East Washington Street. District leaders were renting this building from Colleton County, the entity that owns the building.
According to Colleton County Administrator Kevin Griffin, the county does not have any current plans for the now-empty building.
Griffin said on Friday that Colleton County Council and county leaders are first going to take a hard look at the actual structure and see what physical issues it may have. Griffin said the county’s leaders will likely start discussing what to do with the building later this year, during the council’s budgetary process.

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