HEFLIN — A year after the Cleburne County Commission agreed to sell its old Emergency Management Agency building on Davenport Drive to the Board of Education, central office personnel are finally making the move.

Just inside the old building this week, the secretary’s office had equipment sitting on the floor. File cabinets were moved away from the wall and clustered near the door. Boxes were shoved against walls, sitting in chairs and on benches.

Most of the board offices will move to new quarters in the 5,000-square-foot building. Three departments — maintenance and facilities, transportation and technology — will remain in the old building on Education Street, said David Howle, coordinator of operations and facilities for the school district.

The additional square footage is needed, he said. Just the records the school system is mandated to keep, including student information and child nutrition program documents, take up a lot of room in the current 2,500-square-foot office, he said.

“We just ran out of space,” Howle said.

The school system is sharing the building behind the offices with Cleburne Search and Rescue. The school system is using two bays for storage and Search and Rescue is using three bays, Howle said. The system’s two bays are packed full of desks and equipment and a section has been set up for system records, he said.

After the renovations, the new building has 10 offices, a room for board meetings and a kitchenette for employees. The Education Street building has six offices and no rooms for board or staff meetings.

The commission agreed to sell the board the property at its June 2013 meeting. The school system paid $10 for the building. But in July, a glitch with the deed delayed the property transfer until Aug. 2. Once the deed was transferred, Howle got to work sprucing up the building for the move. The building was in good shape, Superintendent Claire Dryden said. It just needed some minor changes to suit the school system’s needs.

The system painted, replaced carpeting, refinished wood and tile floors and divided some big offices into smaller ones, Howle said.

In addition, it had to change the telephone and Internet systems, Dryden said. The renovations cost the system about $15,000, she said.

Peggy Rooks, child nutrition program director secretary, was in her future office Wednesday moving things into file cabinets and shelves. She will share an office with program director Sabrina Bragg, she said.

The biggest advantage of the new space is that every department will have its own office, Rooks said, allowing its employees to work more privately and more efficiently.


Staff Writer Laura Camper: 256-235-3545 or, in Heflin, 256-463-2872. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.