The Way Christian Youth Center is purchasing some property and buildings from Trigg County Public Schools, a move that will provide extra space for storage and potentially other uses for the center.

The property, 1.28 acres on the west side of the center’s current facility, includes two metal buildings, one that previously served the school system for Future Farmers of America, and a smaller structure.

During a meeting of the school system’s District Finance Corporation on Thursday night, its district finance officers approved the sale of the property to the youth center for $50,000. School Board Attorney Jack Lackey said the property has appraised for less than the sale price.

The finance meeting took place during the regular school board meeting, with the board adjourning to go into the finance session before resuming the regular board meeting following that business.

After ending the finance session, the board approved a related motion in the regular board meeting to facilitate the motion in the finance meeting.

The Kentucky Department of Education has also approved the sale of the property to The Way, along with The Way’s board of directors.

“We are excited that we’ve been able to work with the school in coming to terms on this, and we’re looking forward on being able to add to the ministry of The Way,” said Marc Frye, the center’s facilities manager.

Frye said officials plan to remodel the larger building to provide storage space and meeting rooms if needed. The Way has no storage in its current facility that sits behind the school campus, he said.

Frye said storage has been a weak point for The Way, with the center sometimes not having enough space for the tutoring sessions it offers.

“We needed all the space we had to do the things we’re doing in there,” he noted of the limitations in the current building.

Carl Heckmann, the center director, said the new property and buildings are providing an opportunity for The Way to expand its offerings and be better servants in the local community.

Among other things, the center will be talking with the school system about establishing a school clothes closet in one of the buildings.

“There’s all sorts of possibilities for what we can use it for,” said Heckmann, who noted that The Way’s board of directors will be meeting to discuss the future use of the property and buildings.

He said the sale is not yet complete.

The next step will be to meet with the school system and its representatives to finalize the transaction, Heckmann said.

He noted that an updated appraisal assessed the property at $25,000 and the two buildings at $25,000 for a combined $50,000.

The school system was gracious, the director said, adding that he believes the assessment is extremely fair for the district as well.

“It’s good for everybody,” he said. “It’s good for the community.”

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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