District One rescinds offer

Following an executive session at the regular September 22 meeting, Bamberg School District one trustees voted unanimously to rescind their offer to deed the former Ehrhardt Elementary School building to the town of Ehrhardt.

According to a statement made by Bamberg School District One Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Schwarting, the district made an offer to deed to the town of Ehrhardt the use of the old Ehrhardt Elementary School for municipal purposes such as fire department, police station and rescue squad usage.

The Bamberg School District One School Board determined that there would be certain stipulations in the use of the property.

District One would continue to have access to the bus parking area at the school that was recently paved for $60,000 and the facility couldn’t be used for a charter or private school.

Ehrhardt officials stated that they had no problem with the district continuing to use the paved area for parking, but council would not agree to the private/charter school use restriction.

This offer was not acceptable to the Town of Ehrhardt according to a letter sent by Ehrhardt Mayor Bill Stanley to the school district’s attorney on August 29, which was presented to the board, Schwarting said.

“After hearing the advice of their attorney the board voted unanimously to rescind the offer,” Schwarting said.

District One will now pursue other uses for the building.