County plans to give recreation building to Elkton

The Valley Banner

BRIDGEWATER — Rockingham County plans to give a little-used division building to Elkton.

The School Board declared the recreation building at Elkton Elementary School as surplus during its meeting Monday at John Wayland Elementary School.

Board members Dan Breeden, Lowell Fulk, Charlette McQuilkin, Renee Reed and LaDonna Shiflet voted to declare the building surplus.

The building at the intersection of B Street and Ashby Avenue hasn’t been used by Elkton Elementary for 15 years, Rockingham County Public Schools Director of Maintenance Steve Reid said. During that time, the town has used it as a community dance studio.

Reid said the town first contacted the school division in 2016 about the building. He told the town the property needed to be subdivided so RCPS would retain ownership of the parking lot and all costs would be covered by the town.

Reid said he didn’t hear from the town until Elkton Zoning Administrator Charlotte Shifflett sent an April 5 letter to after being requested by Town Council to “investigate ownership” of the building.

Maintenance staff for the town and school division are regularly confused over ownership and responsibility for the building, board documents say.

Shifflett wrote that the town covers electric, water and sewer for the building, installed a new roof, repaired damaged bathroom floors, removes snow and repaired water lines for the building.

“We appreciate the town’s coverage of costs over these years,” Schools Superintendent Carol Fenn said.

Reid had indicated he would recommend the deed be transferred to the town, but instead told the board to declare the building surplus so the Board of Supervisors could transfer it to the town. He said the action was a state code requirement.

Reid said County Administrator Stephen King indicated Rockingham was willing to handle turning over the building.

Elkton will be allowed to use adjacent parking spaces when school isn’t in session.

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