Supervisors approved providing liability insurance for the property Monday, allowing the fire department to accept the deed to the school from the Prentiss County School District. The deed was officially signed Monday afternoon following confirmation from the county their insurance provider would provide liability coverage.
Pisgah VFD Chief Gary Yancey said he’s thrilled to finally have control of the property which has been vacant since Pisgah Head Start closed at the start of the 2015-16 school year. The fire department wants to renovate the school for use as a fire department training center and a community center that could be used for community events. He emphasized to supervisors they are not asking for any funds from the county for the work but will be seeking volunteers and donations from the community.
The building has been severely damaged by vandals since head start shut down and there is a lot of cleaning and repair work to be done. Yancey said they will be reaching out to the community to help them clean up the property, starting with a block party and clean up day this Saturday.
Volunteers are needed to come to the school starting at 9 a.m. Saturday and bring gloves and clean up tools such as brooms, wheelbarrows, dust pans, shovels, and shop vacs for a day of work clearing away debris and cleaning up the damage.
In the future they plan to raise funds to support repairs to the building and also plan to secure the building to prevent future vandalism.
Yancey said they will also be establishing a community center committee to guide the transformation of the building. He wants it to become something that will benefit the community and that the community can be proud of for years to come.
For more information on this weekend’s work day and how to help with the effort, call Yancey at 662-415-7515.