Monday, July 23, 2001

Career center relocating




By Sue Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP — Southern Warren County residents who want to take adult education classes will soon have an alternative to driving to Lebanon.

        The Warren County Career Center has leased most of the first floor of Kings Mills Elementary School and will begin offering classes there in October.

        The center's board of education approved a five-year lease with the Kings Board of Education that gives the career center eight classrooms and use of the gymnasium and cafeteria when needed.

        “It's very difficult to find space, especially classrooms. This is almost too good to be true,” said Vince Roessner, superintendent of the career center. “This is a wonderful cooperative agreement and a great educational opportunity,”

        The space will be available because of a $23.5 million bond issue voters approved more than two years ago that is paying to build new Kings Mills and South Lebanon elementary schools, move the central office and demolish part of the current South Lebanon school.

        When the two schools open next month, work will begin to renovate the second floor of Kings Mills for use as administrative offices, the district's technology department and training center.

        Preschool classes will occupy one wing of the first floor, the career center is renting the rest, said David Query, Kings superintendent.

        “It will help defray the costs of keeping the building in operation. We've been talking about this for six months,” Mr. Query said.

        The community will have access to the gymnasium and cafeteria, Mr. Query said. Money was included in the bond issue for the renovations and cost to turn central offices and the training cen ter, now located in the junior-senior complex, back into classrooms, teacher work rooms and offices.

        The career center will pay $100,000 annually for the space, which includes the cost of utilities and custodial services. The contract gives the career center the option of three additional five-year leases.

        There is a clause in the contract that allows Kings to reclaim part or all of the space if it is needed in the future for classrooms.

        Mr. Roessner said the space at KME will allow the career center to offer daytime classes for adults, something it can't schedule now because high school students use the career center for their vocational programs during the day.

        Schedules for the fall adult education term, which begins in early October, will be finalized and mailed to Warren County residents next month, Mr. Roessner said.

       



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