Future of FCMS building in works

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 4, 2010

What will happen to Florala City Middle School will be discussed at a meeting next week. | Stephanie Nelson/Star-News

City officials and education leaders plan to meet next week to discuss the future of the Florala City Middle School building.

Florala Mayor Robert Williamson said Thursday he and county school superintendent Terry Holley will meet Tuesday to discuss “options” once the building changes hands.

Upon the terms of the entities’ agreement, once the facility ceased to operate as an educational facility, ownership reverted back to the city.

“As a council, we haven’t officially discussed what exactly we’ll be using the building for,” Williamson said. “(Tuesday’s) meeting is so that (he and Holley) can iron out the details of the swap, which won’t officially occur until July 31. One of the things we’re going to be talking about is concerning future use by the school system for athletic purposes.”

In addition to the “main building,” the campus also houses a gymnasium and lunchroom facility.

Previous discussions had included converting the building to a new city hall; however, that idea was vetoed last October.

Other suggestions included offering the use of the campus as a satellite location for a college or university or using the building as a community center.

Currently, the city’s Head Start and Adult education programs are housed in the facility. There has been no mention of moving either to a different location.

This school year marked 99 years of education in the building.