Cherokee County School District and Spartanburg Community College have finalized details on a proposed 99-year lease agreement for Cherokee Technology Center to be built on college land.
School trustees voted 5-4 in late May to authorize superintendent Dr. Quincie Moore to negotiate lease terms. The district would lease college property for a $1 each year to build a $20 million high school career center next to the college’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies (CAMIT) building. It would be located on the Cherokee County branch campus.
Land acquisition costs for new school sites previously considered by the board for a new Cherokee Technology
Center ranged from $600,000 to $1.5 million.
The school board and college must still go through several more steps in the approval process before a lease agreement goes into effect.
School trustees will have an opportunity to review the lease agreement before it is brought before the board for approval at a later date.
“We are waiting on our attorneys to provide a copy of the lease agreement,” Moore told school trustees at Monday’s meeting.
Since the college is located on state property, Spartanburg Community College must still receive approval for the lease from the state Budget Control Board and Spartanburg County Commission for Technical & Community Education.
Moore said she has already held preliminary discussions with school administrators regarding the current programs which could move to the future Cherokee Technology Center. She said the district in the process of setting up visits this fall to new high school career centers such as Richland District 2 and Fairfield-Central to get more ideas on different program offerings.
The school visits will provide additional information as the district moves further into discussions about the design and programs planned for the future Cherokee Technology Center.
“We are so ecstatic about this new opportunity and our district will work together with Spartanburg Community College officials to provide more dual credit opportunities for our students and some existing programs as well,” Moore said.
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