By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer
Jan. 1, 2014 —
The Olive Hill Historical Society has reached an agreement with the Carter County Board of Education to acquire several additional structures adjacent to the old high school property.
OHHS will purchase three buildings from the school board for a total of $45,000 – the former head start facility, the old cafeteria, and the industrial arts building.
“The school board was very generous to give us the first opportunity to purchase the property,” said OHHS President Linda Lowe.
She also stated that adding the additional three and a half acres will not only help secure parking for the Arts and Education Center, but will also potentially allow for more classrooms and office spaces that are out of the flood zone.
“It's a wonderful space, and we have a lot of ideas floating around about how we are going to make use of it,” said Lowe.
OHHS will initially finance the purchase of the new buildings, but hopes to secure donations through upcoming fund raising efforts to pay for them in full.
In addition to purchasing the new buildings, OHHS is also seeking $35,000 in additional funding to cover the cost of installing an HVAC system in the old high school gymnasium.
The current renovation at the high school will see HVAC installed throughout most of the facility. Similar work in the gymnasium was also planned but had to be removed in order to keep the project under budget.
More than 700 letters have already been sent out to OHHS members, past donors, and high school alumni seeking donations to help with the costs of purchasing the buildings and installing HVAC in the gym.
According to Lowe, OHHS will meet this week to discuss ideas for additional organized fund raising efforts.
Tax deductible donations to the Olive Hill Historical Society can be sent to P.O. Box 143, Olive Hill, Kentucky 41164. Interested parties can also call 286-2124 or visit olivehillhistoricalsociety.com to make a donation as well.
Joe Lewis can be reached at email@example.com or by telephone at 286-4201.