Billy Cannada Staff Writer
November 7, 2013
EASLEY – Four acres of land on Pendleton Street in Easley will soon be sold to Prestwick Properties for $330,000, according to School District of Pickens County officials.
The school board voted unanimously to sell the land at last week’s monthly meeting.
Board Trustee Alex Saitta said this is a step in the right direction for the school district, which is aiming to rid itself of excess properties.
“When the Greenville Plan was passed in 2006, the only thought put into anything was ‘get the money,’” Saitta said. “Little thought was put into the construction of the buildings, and no thought was put into how the district was going to pay to clean, run and repair all the new square footage. Now that most of the board members who voted for the plan are off the board (only Dr. Cooper remains), the board is scrambling to make it all work.”
The district is still looking to sell Pickens Middle, 20 acres behind Pickens Middle, the old Gettys Middle, a lot on McAlister Street in Easley and property on Highway 8 in Pickens (near the new Walmart), according to school officials
Although Board Chairman Judy Edwards said recently she would oppose selling the old Gettys Middle School, she said some of these properties are becoming more of a burden than they are worth.
“In some cases, we have to keep these properties up, but we don’t have the time or the man power to do it,” Edwards said. “We don’t need these properties anymore and this gives us extra money to do the things we need to do.”
Edwards said the money earned could go to some much-needed repairs throughout the county.
“Right now, we’ve got a lot repairs that need to be taken care of,’ Edwards said. “We’re looking at roofs, air conditioning units and all kinds of things that need to be done. If we don’t need the property, there’s no use in holding on to it.”.
Saitta agreed, saying the sell of the property on Pendleton Street will give the district more than $1 million sold in excess properties.
“When we looked at it all, it was obvious the district lacks the revenue growth to maintain all this new square footage, so naturally we looked to selling surplus buildings and land to help try and make ends meet,” Saitta said. “When this sale closes, we will have sold more than $1 million in property. It’s helping.”