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August 13, 2013
INDEPENDENCE -- The repurposing of Henry Hill Elementary School officially began Monday night at the Central School District Board meeting.
Now dubbed the Henry Hill Educational Support Center (HHESC), what was a 264-student school will soon be the district office and act as a community center.
The transition won't be that easy though, as moderate renovations are needed to create adequate office space for administrators and, of course, the move itself.
On July 29, teacher and student materials were moved to their new homes at Monmouth, Independence and Ash Creek elementary schools, the first step in repurposing the former school.
Another option for renaming the facility was the Henry Hill Educational Service Center, but Superintendent Buzz Brazeau discouraged using service in the title because of potential confusion with an Education Service District.
A conscious effort was made by administrators to retain Henry Hill in the new name because of its historical significance to the community, Brazeau said.
The board unanimously approved renaming the facility and authorized the subsequent moving of the district office.
The current district office, a grouping of modular buildings at the corner of Monmouth Street and North 16th Street in Independence, will be put up for sale once the move has been completed and the action is approved by the board. That is expected to occur at the Sept. 16 meeting.
The district has not set a date to move its offices into the facility because of its annual audit taking place in the coming week.
Administrators plan to be using HHESC by the end of the calendar year.