The current plan for the old Caneyville school is to use it as a community/wellness center following the completion of its renovations.
“I want it used - I just don’t want it abused,” Caneyville City Commissioner Mike Geary said of the old school, during the regularly scheduled Monday, July 14 City Commission meeting.
To reduce the risk of vandalism, the City of Caneyville is looking to complete as much of the old Caneyville school renovation project as possible soon so the completed rooms can be rented and used by the community.
“If it’s being used, that would likely cut down on vandalism,” said Geary.
14 new, tinted windows have recently been installed in the upper, front portion of the school. Because the windows are tinted, Geary said heat in the building will likely be reduced by 20°.
“I’m sure pleased with how they turned out,” said Geary.
Geary said he and volunteers installed the new windows over the course of two weeks, during which time two individuals stopped to donate $1,000 a piece, and one other person stopped to donate $300 to the old school renovation project.
According to Caneyville City Clerk Connie Gootee, more than $10,000 have been donated to the Caneyville Purple Flash fund to be used for the old school project since the Caneyville alumni event in April of this year.
To increase donations, the City of Caneyville is looking to sell brick pavers, which will be placed in the sidewalk area of the old school and have memorial messages etched in laser on them.
For the current fiscal year, the City has budgeted $25,000 to be used for old school renovations.
Geary said he recommends using the City’s money for general upkeep of the old school and the donations to fund the actual renovations to the school.
Next up on the list of renovations for the old school is the home economics room. By request, the room is intended to be used during this year’s Caneyville Fair.
In addition, the Commission is looking to get price estimates from local plumbers regarding the cost of re-opening the boys and girls bathrooms. Following the two aforementioned renovations, the City will start on renovating the old school’s band room.
The Commission also wished to thank the old Duff Church for their donation of lights to the old school.
For more information regarding the brick pavers or how to make a donation, call Caneyville City Hall at 270-879-9701.
In other business:
*Caneyville Mayor James Embry gave an update regarding the new ballpark project.
Embry said dividers have been installed in the bathrooms, and all that’s left to do in the concession stand is to install the counter-top.
Also, Embry said electricity has been installed, and the scoreboards for the new ballpark are expected to be installed later this week.
*The Commission passed a motion to enter into a contract with the Grayson County Health Department to perform Hepatitis A and B vaccines as necessary on City workers and fire department personnel.