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BoE looks to close door on cabinet shop
Department may move to maintenance facility
Allen. Lamar 2008
School board chairman Lamar Allen

The Effingham County Board of Education may be moving out of its old cabinet shop.

Board members began discussions of putting the building, which is an old garment factory in Springfield, on the surplus list.

“The building is getting old,” Superintendent Randy Shearouse said.

The building, near the current Springfield Elementary School, is off Laurel Street. The school system bought it in 2000 and the property is eight acres. There is also a bus road that enters the site, and board members asked if an easement could be requested for that bus road.

The school system bought the old Savannah Yacht Company building in October 2011. The facility, in the Effingham Industrial Park, has been home to the system’s bus maintenance shops.

“We talked about when we bought the old yacht building, about moving the cabinet shop over there,” Shearouse said. “That was delayed a little bit.”

The BoE also has used the old yacht company building for its welding programs and for the logistics program’s First Books.

When the school system bought the yacht company building, it had been vacant for nearly three years. The school board talked in October 2011 about moving its cabinet shop to there.

“I am in favor of moving it under one roof,” said school board chairman Lamar Allen.