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Old CMS may be torn down

Posted: September 30, 2011 3:25 p.m.
Updated: October 3, 2011 5:00 a.m.

After two years of being on the market, the former home of Camden Middle School (CMS) may be demolished.

Kershaw County School District (KCSD) officials discussed the possibility during Sept. 27th’s Facilities and Finance Committee meeting, including turning the rubble into “crush and run” -- a substitute for concrete.

During the meeting, KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said a previous demolition estimate of $280,000 included demolition and haul-off. Grinding the rubble into crush and run, and then selling it to people to use as filler or gravel, Morgan said, would be much less expensive.

 “We think we can get a reasonably priced demolition, and my suggestion would be to pay for it out of the property proceeds account, which I think we would make more than our investment back when that (property) sells, he said.

The school district currently has nearly $500,000 in its property proceeds account -- an account that includes money received from the sale of former KCSD properties and equipment.

The school district placed the old CMS property on the market in July 2009. At the time, Gene Green, broker-in-charge of NAI/Avant, said the asking price for the property was $575,000.

The district sold a 1.13-acre parcel of the school, which included Memorial Hall, to Grace Episcopal Church for $85,000 in June 2009. In May, the church demolished Memorial Hall and began selling the rubble as crush and run.

Morgan said that having nothing on the old CMS property would make the property much more valuable than it currently is.

“I think that there is at least merit in getting the data and looking at this from multiple standpoints -- the salability of the property and the loss of the liability,” he said.

Morgan also said the city of Camden has indicated it might be willing to cut any grass the district plants in place of the demolished building.

After a brief discussion, Trustee Kim DuRant said that while she had no problem with school district officials getting an estimate, she would rather they complete all current construction projects at other schools before demolishing the old CMS.

In other news, KCSD Chief Financial Officer Donnie Wilson told committee members that food service and bus driver salaries will soon be restored.

Food service employees and school bus drivers were not subject to mandated furloughs KCSD teachers and administrators took during recent years. Instead, Wilson said, food service and bus drivers had a comparable salary reduction. Trustees eliminated all teacher and administration furlough days in passing the district’s current fiscal year budget.

“So what we recommend is that we restore those salary cuts back to what they were before the furloughs slashed salaries,” Wilson said.

The cost of restoring food service employee salaries is an estimated $16,000, which will be paid out of the food service funds.

The cost of restoring school bus driver salaries is an estimated $61,000. However, instead of paying the salaries out of the general fund, Wilson said that they will use a larger-than-anticipated $64,000 workers compensation refund the district recently received.

“And we’ll make it retroactive to the start of (the) school (year),” he said.


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