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Massac to acquire building

BY DAVID ZOELLER dzoeller@paducahsun.com

METROPOLIS, Ill. - Massac County has agreed to buy the Regional Office of Education Crisp Building for $10, and continue its use to provide educational services to the area.

The commissioners approved the purchase Monday. The building, located at 1102 W. 10th St., formerly housed the Pepsi plant. It was donated to the ROE in 1984 by Harry L. Crisp II, Pepsi chief executive officer, to be used for educational purposes, according to Janet Ulrich, regional superintendent of schools. The original agreement with ROE was also for $10, she said.

According to Ulrich, the regional office will close in 10 months, and the Massac County programs and services it provides will moved to the ROE in Williamson County.

"We wanted to have the building remain with a local entity, so we asked them," Ulrich said.

The building was used for the General Education Degree program and alternative education programs, Ulrich said.

"He (Crisp) intended the building to be used to serve the community and we've maintained that for the last 30 years," Ulrich said.

Massac County Commissioner Jerel Childers said the county wants to continue the current use of the building. The ROE in Williamson County has agreed to continue the current programs once the Metropolis office closes and rent the building, Childers said.

"We want to keep it (the building's use) just like it was ... for education," Childers said.

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