If rain brings luck to events, the new Central Office for Pulaski County Schools should be well served for years to come after this week’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Torrential rainfall marked Wednesday's celebration of the school system's new headquarters with an open house and ribbon-cutting but that didn’t stop community leaders from coming out to join the celebration.
“There was a huge turnout. We had our staff take the folks around in small groups,” said Pulaski superintendent Stave Butcher. “We had food at the end. I was very pleased with the community coming out the way they did. We are very proud of our facility.”
"The new District Office for Pulaski County School's is beautiful," said Bobby Clue, Somerset-Pulaski Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. "The new building will help to consolidate resources and place even more focus on student learning. This building is long overdue and the Chamber is very proud to play a small part in this very special occasion."
Somerset Mayor Eddie Girdler congratulated the district on their new home. “As Mayor and on behalf of the City, we thank the Pulaski County School System for their continuing investment in our great city. Congratulations on a wonderful renovation,” he stated.
School officials moved from their former central office on University Drive beside Pulaski County High School in May after largely completing renovations to the 9.4-acre complex on North Main Street that formerly housed the headquarters for South Kentucky RECC.
The Pulaski County Board of Education purchased the property from the utility cooperative for $1.25 million in March 2017. The expansive facilities have allowed room for administrative officials who were working at the Pulaski County Area Technology Center as well as Food Service and Special Education Department personnel that were in offices on East Somerset Church Road.
Butcher, who is retiring at the end of this month, said prior to the open house that the project just fell into place with RECC’s decision to build new headquarters.
“We’re really pleased with it,” Butcher said. “It’s gotten us all together in the same location and makes life a lot easier for us…
“There’s almost 10 acres here, too, so the good thing about it is we’ve got room for expansion with our new bus garage,” he continued.
Incoming Superintendent Pat Richardson told the Commonwealth Journal that bids for construction of the bus garage were opened on June 22 and will be considered at the July school board meeting.
The district also plans to relocate the Maintenance Department and School Works Program, both now in a warehouse behind the old Central Office complex, to the new complex in the near future.