The sale of the former Graytown Elementary School building, located at 1661 N. Walker St., was officially completed on Monday evening, Oct. 7.
The building was sold to the North Point Educational Service Center after its Governing Board approved the purchase agreement already approved by the Benton-Carroll-Salem Board of Education.
The North Point Educational Service Center is a public entity governed by an elected Board which serves the educational needs of more than 20 school districts throughout the area. North Point provides preschool, special education, therapists and other specialized educational services to school districts so that they can efficiently and effectively meet the needs of their student population.
Benton-Carroll-Salem Superintendent Guy Parmigian, B-C-S Board Member
Kim Dusseau, North Point Governing Board Member Carole Kuns, and North
Point Superintendent Douglas Crooks in front of the former Graytown
Elementary School, which is North Point’s new regional operations hub.
The Graytown Building will house offices, classrooms, meeting rooms for teacher professional development, and will serve as the regional hub of operations for North Point Educational Service Center. North Point’s former regional headquarters was located at the Camper Building in Genoa.
There are many advantages for B-C-S Schools in having North Point as a close neighbor, including shorter bus routes for students educated in North Point classrooms, and closer access to professional development meetings for teachers and administrators.
B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian said he believed one of the major factors that influenced the B-C-S Board’s sale of the Graytown Building to North Point is the belief that they, as a public education entity, will be good and responsible occupants of the former school building, and will be good neighbors for the community for decades to come.
“I believe that it very much pleases our Board of Education and members of the Graytown community that a public enterprise focused on teaching and learning like North Point Educational Service Center will be the new inhabitants of the historic and remarkable Graytown school building,” he said.
“It was great to hear the voices of children and the sounds of learning taking place at the Graytown Building again,” Parmigian said after touring the building.
North Point Educational Service Center will host an Open House at the Graytown building Tuesday, Oct. 29 from 2-6 p.m.