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Timber from district’s farm structures to preserved

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By Molly Haines

Timber from approximately three structures on the Owen County School District’s farm, some of it dating back to the 19th century, is expected to be preserved following an Owen County Board of Education meeting Monday.
The board voted to give Owen County School Superintendent Rob Stafford authority to advertise and manage the demolition of the structures after Stafford said a demolition proposal from Ross Tarrant Architects came in much higher than expected.
“(The architects) have to base it on square footage,” Stafford said. “(The structures) are just sheds, but they have to go by the construction on an actual building.”
Stafford said he was approached by a community member about preserving the timber from some of the structures, including a house with a log frame.
The board will now advertise for proposals to extract the timbers from two to three structures on the farm, located behind Maurice Bowling Middle School.
“It’s kind of a trade off,” Owen County Director of Maintenance Dan Logan said. “They’ll get the timber they’re wanting to preserve, but they’ll also have to demolish the structures once they get what they want.”
The board will advertise for proposals on the demolition of the remaining structures at a later time. There are nine structures on the farm overall.
In other news:
• The board granted Youth Service Center Director Becky Mefford permission to apply for a grant to provide an underage drinking prevention program for MBMS and Owen County High School.