Butler County Times Gazette
  • Assembly of God purchases Washington School building

  • The Assembly of God Church is getting a new, bigger home with the approval of the USD 490 Board of Education to sell the old Washington Elementary School to the church.
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  • The Assembly of God Church is getting a new, bigger home with the approval of the USD 490 Board of Education to sell the old Washington Elementary School to the church.
    The district had been working with the church for some time on the agreement, and the church even rented the facility a couple of times to see how it would work for them.
    The board approved the sale of the building and land for $250,000, with several conditions in the special warranty deed during a special meeting Monday.
    Those conditions include the property not be used as a shelter, program or service to provide housing for transitional housing or temporary occupancy and not be run as a school for K-12 grades, although a future board of education may remove the restrictions by approving a new deed or other conveyance.
    They will be closing Sept. 17 or 20 days after receipt and acceptance of title commitment. The property is being sold “as is.”
    In addition, the district will move two of the large playground pieces of equipment to Skelly.
    “I think it’s a good use for the property,” said Norm Wilks, director of fiscal services. “It keeps them in the neighborhood.”
    “I think it’s a good deal,” agreed BOE member Leon Leachman. “I think it’s a win for the church and the community.”
    Wilks said it was a continued use for the building without having it set empty too long. In addition, the church has agreed to let the district continue to use that as a stop for the bus if needed.
    “I’m so glad we have a purpose for it and we are not going to have it set empty one more day,” said BOE member Vicki Coash.
    The sale was approved 5-0, with BOE members Tom Storrer and Cathy Cooper absent.
    The church will be moving out of their current facility and into the new building. This move will allow them to increase the meal ministry they are doing, as well as increase their worship space.
    “The land and all of the area are instrumental,” said Pastor Rick Barrett.
    In addition, they plan to open a preschool in August of 2013. They hope to be in the new building and have it remodeled by December of this year.
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