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Alternative school moves to temp home

The countywide alternative school is relocating to the Harrison County Annex and has been approved for $150,000 in funding for 2006 by the county commissioners.
The funding, which must now go before the Harrison County Council for final approval, was not disputed, but the Annex move divided the commissioners.
‘I am totally opposed to going into that building, period,’ said commission chair J.R. Eckart. He said the move was contrary to the county plan to vacate the building and put it up for sale.
Shirley Raymond of Harrison County Community Services said the school had been a good tenant during its temporary stay with her organization, but, she said, the upcoming holidays would require all of her space.
Commissioner Jim Heitkemper said, ‘The building is there, being heated. Put someone into that space,’ referring to the annex.
‘It’s not that simple,’ Eckart said, citing insurance, utilities, custodial services and compatibility with current users.
‘I can’t see electricity costing $340,038,’ said Liz Day.
Day, a Harrison County juvenile probation officer, credited the alternative school with saving Harrison County that amount in 2005 by offering an alternative to juvenile detention and residential placement.
Doug Dodge, president of the Harrison County Alternative Educational Corp. board, said the school also had its own insurance policy.
‘The alternative school has proven itself. It’s one of the few county programs that has, and it has been documented,’ Commissioner James Goldman said.
‘We are not talking about abolishing the alternative school; we are talking about a property use issue,’ Eckart said, who stood firm in his objection.
Goldman made the motion to move the program to the annex, and Heitkemper seconded it.
The commissioners were unanimous in supporting the $150,000 in funding.