By RODNEY D. BOAM
and ROBERT S. MERRILL
During the past year the Preston School District has anxiously awaited completion of remodeling on the National Guard Armory building on North State Street so Franklin County High School students could move back into the facility.
But when the project was close to being finished recently, school officials found students and teachers were not invited to move back into the building. Franklin County High School had called the Armory home since 1998.
National Guard Public Affairs Officer Tim Marsono said officials reviewed policies and they found the Defense Act of 1998 prohibited the Army National Guard from letting the school district use the new facility because of a non-compete clause.
If there is another building in the area suitable for the school to use, it would be unfair for the district to use a government building, Marsono said.
“We are proud to have been involved since 1998 and for the 400 students that have been educated in the Armory,” Marsono said. “After reviewing the policy we decided we should be compliant.”
After hearing they were not invited to return to the building, the Preston School District went to work to find somewhere for the FCHS students to meet this coming school year.
Fred Titensor, Preston School Board chair, told The Citizen the district is dedicated to the program and the board is in agreement it is vital to the community.
This story is sponsored by FCMC Hit it from the Heart.
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