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BoE buys Brewton-Parker campus
Brewton-Parker's Liberty campus in Flemington has one main building. - photo by Courier file photo
Brewton-Parker College campus in Liberty County is officially the property of the Liberty County School System. The Board of Education bought the Flemington property Wednesday for $2 million using SPLOST funds.
The site, which includes a multipurpose building with a large auditorium on nearly 30 acres, “will greatly expand the school district’s ability to host a variety of school and community-related events,” according to a district news release issued Wednesday.
“Purchasing the building enables us to fulfill a promise made to our community to use SPLOST funds to enhance student activities and involve the community in many areas of education on a much larger scale,” Superintendent Dr. Judy Scherer said. “This is a win-win scenario for students, teachers and the community.”
Brewton-Parker College, a private Christian university, opened the Liberty County campus in 1999. The college announced the Liberty County campus closure earlier this fall due to financial stresses, and it will officially shutter its doors at the end of the semester. The four-year college maintains a primary campus in Mount Vernon and a campus extension in Newnan.
Scherer said the BoE inquired about the property when Brewton-Parker announced the closure. “With the approval of the board of education, I and members of the staff met with Dr. David Smith [president of Brewton-Parker] and negotiated the sale.  It was then approved by the board of education,” she said.
The district plans to use the existing building to host award ceremonies and fine arts events like one-act plays, concerts and programs. There are also tentative plans to modify the structure to accommodate larger events and eventually a greater number and variety of programs for students and community members.
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