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City, county may acquire old school

Officials from the City of Barnesville and Lamar County held a powwow Wednesday to begin discussions regarding the purchase of the old Barnesville Primary (Booker) School. The aging campus houses the Lamar County Activity Center and Carrerra programs but is in various stages of disrepair. The campus is owned either by the State of Georgia or the National Guard or some combination of the two, according to county commission chairman Jay Matthews. The old school is plagued by a bad roof and multiple other problems due to deterioration. The price ranges from $13,000 to $39,000 but even that may be too much, Matthews said. ”It would include 27 acres which has value but the building is in bad shape and, one day, we would be in the position of having to tear it down. It is full of asbestos and mitigating that would be expensive. Right now, we are thinking they should pay us to take it. We will be taking a problem off their hands,” Matthews said after touring the old school. There is no shortage of other locations in which to house the programs now using a portion of the campus. The city and county will continue to discuss the matter and it will be on the commission agenda for October 15. For more, see the 10.8.2013 print edition of The Herald Gazette.

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