Plainville school office gets new home
By JUDY SHERARD
PLAINVILLE -- The Plainville USD 270 district office is moving.
The board of education voted in December to accept a bid of $85,000 from Tyler Ganoung to buy the district office building at 111 W. Mill.
USD 270 Superintendent Gail Dunbar said final approval is expected at the Feb. 10 board meeting.
"Mr. Ganoung approached us," Dunbar said. "After (some) conversations, the board decided it was interested in pursuing it."
After deciding to sell, the board took bids for the building, but Ganoung was the only bidder.
Plans are to move the district office -- space for Dunbar and her secretary, the board clerk and a board room -- to the elementary school, 203 S.E. Cardinal Ave.
The move requires "pretty minimal construction," she said.
What work is needed will be done by Plainville High School instructor Joe Dreiling's class, Cardinal Construction.
With the junior high and high school located across the street, Dunbar said she is looking forward to being "even more a part of the staff."
The building downtown also houses the district's bus barn.
A new building, purchased from Liberty Buildings in Plainville, is being constructed north of the high school where the tennis courts were located.
Total cost of the new bus barn is $117,000, with Ganoung paying $85,000 for the building. Remaining costs will come from capital outlay, Dunbar said.
It will be more convenient to have the transportation department located at the schools, she said.
Though the district didn't initiate the sale, it will benefit from it.
Dunbar said an informal cost analysis showed a cost of approximately $20,000 annually to operate the current building. Moving the district office and building a bus barn should net "quite a bit of savings, (and) we're looking for ways we can see savings."
Ganoung, who owns Tyler's Automotive located next to the district office, said his business has done well since it opened in 2010. He wants the additional space to expand.
The district building, a former automobile dealership, is "a good fit for what we do," Ganoung said.
Dunbar said the district plans to be moved out of the building by the end of May, so Ganoung can take possession June 1. Ganoung plans to use the front area as a showroom.
The bus barn area will allow him to expand and create more jobs. Tyler's Automotive has two full-time employees and two part-time employees, including Ganoung. He hopes to add more jobs, perhaps as many as three.
Dunbar said the building sale is a win for everyone.
"I'm happy that a young man who's come back (to Plainville, and) his business is growing," she said.