As Pulaski County Schools finalized the purchase of the former South Kentucky RECC headquarters on North Main Street two years ago, officials weren't certain what would happen to the old University Drive facilities which housed the central office as well as bus garage.
Now having completed their first school year in their updated central office and getting ready to get the keys to a newly constructed bus garage behind the complex on July 1, district administrators are moving ahead with plans to tear down the old complex to make way for parking improvements for neighboring Pulaski County High School.
The former Board of Education building started coming down Wednesday, and Pulaski County Schools Superintendent Pat Richardson said the former bus garage would follow soon after once all buses are transferred to the new garage.
Supt. Richardson noted that it is bittersweet to see the buildings come down, given that the bus garage was first constructed in 1938. The building that central office called home for decades had 3-4 additions over the years.
"When I was in high school there back in the '80s, our wood shop was there," Richardson said, adding he'd seen some Facebook posts indicating that a bandroom and shops for agriculture and industrial maintenance had also been located there at various times.
"It look decent but [the board office] was in bad shape," the superintendent continued. "We dealt with foundation issues as well as roofing and electrical problems. The complex had served its purpose."
With the buildings gone, the district can now address a long-standing traffic issue around the high school and create additional parking for events held there. "My plan is to create a whole new design for the parking lot," Richardson said. "We want to pull traffic away from University Drive and Ky. 39, and relocate the entrances.
"You should see a whole lot of changes in the next 4-6 months to benefit not just the high school but the whole community as well," Supt. Richardson concluded.