Elbert County Cooperative Extension Cleared to Move Offices to Beaverdam

May 21, 2013

Its official; the Elbert County 4-H Cooperative Extension offices will be relocated soon.

During last night’s Elbert County Board of Education meeting, the school board approved a motion that would allow the 4-H offices to be housed at Beaverdam Elementary.

Elbert County School Superintendent Rick Higginbotham outlines some of the stipulations in the lease agreement.

“The lease accepts the property in the condition in which it was at the commencement of the lease term as suited for the use intended by the lease”, said Higginbotham. “Lease should be required to perform all necessary maintenance and repair due to any damage caused, and lease shall also be required to make those repairs to remedy any situation that makes the property unsafe or untenatable.”

It is a five year lease for a cost of one dollar per year.

During the Elbert County Board of Commissioners regular meeting earlier this month, County Administrator Bob Thomas said it would have cost roughly sixty to seventy thousand dollars to renovate the offices at the current location of the Cooperative Extension.

Higginbotham says this agreement is pretty much a win-win for both the school system and the county.

“They will not use the whole building so we can use parts of that building, we have a number of groups that are storing things in the building now, and we use the gym for different things such as practices for sports and testing, which they said they will work with us on that”, explained Higginbotham. “This is just a real benefit to both parties.”

The EC school board approved the motion to lease out Beaverdam with a 5-0 vote.

As of right now, it is looking like a June 1st move date for the Elbert County Cooperative Extension Office.