School system agrees to sale of West Side to LaGrange College

School system agrees to sale of West Side to LaGrange College

The former West Side Magnet School may soon have a new owner. Troup County’s Board of Education agreed Thursday to the sale of the property to LaGrange College for $1 million.

“We are pleased to have reached an agreement in principle on the sale of this property before the close of the academic year,” said Dr. Cole Pugh, Superintendent of Troup County Schools. “We know the building will continue to serve its original purpose of education for the benefit of the citizens of LaGrange and Troup County while also providing much needed revenue to the school system.”

westsideIn 1957, the school opened as West Side Junior High. Since then the facility has housed both elementary and middle school students. Due to budget constraints it was closed in 2012 and then re-opened in the fall of 2014 to temporarily accommodate Ethel Kight students and staff during the construction of their new school.

“Located in the middle of our campus footprint, this property is a natural extension for us,” said LaGrange College President Dan McAlexander. “It will help provide needed space for our expanding academic programs, several of which have outgrown their current facilities.”

Enrollment at LaGrange College has been record-breaking in recent years, with the last two academic years seeing the highest and third-highest new-student populations at the school. To realize the space for the purposes of higher education, modifications would be needed.

“Our rising academic profile has resulted in rising student demand,” Dr. McAlexander said. “Once the purchase is complete, we will begin to evaluate how to maximize the space to enhance our students’ already excellent outcomes.”

In the Headlines

LaGrange College intends to buy West Side building for $1 million – LaGrange Daily News, Dec. 17, 2014
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Sale set for vote – LaGrange Daily News, Dec. 18, 2014

Team USA tabs Mumme as coach – LaGrange Daily News, Dec. 19, 2014

Filming nears completion – LaGrange Daily News, Dec. 18, 2014

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January birthdays
3 Bill McCoy
Ashleigh Poteat
5 Sarah Beth Mallory
6 Lisa Farrow
Jeff Geeter
8 Earl Chambers
Jennifer Claybrook
10 Rebecca Alexander
20 Brandon Crosby
Beth Heinde
22 Rebecca Roth
31 Marcia Brown
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Head football coach Matt Mumme
has been selected to be one of eight coaches for Team USA next summer. The 2015 U.S. Men’s National Team will compete in the fifth International Federation of American Football Senior World Championship July 4-18 in Stockholm, Sweden.  (link to story)

The Panther Club
The Panther Club
had a busy fall season, raising funds to benefit student-athletes and the profile of the college’s athletic program. (link to story)

Howliday Haul
This year’s fifth annual Howliday Haul, sponsored by the LaGrange College Humane Society, was another success, according to Lindsey Elkins, the group’s advisor. The donations are being delivered today to the City of LaGrange Animal Shelter and the LaGrange-Troup County Humane Society.

January dates to remember: Jan. 2 – Housing opens for Jan Term, registration for new and returning students; Jan. 5 – Mandatory first meeting for Interim classes; and Jan. 19 – College closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

As the year comes to a close, we want to thank the college’s donors for their generous support in 2014.  Remember that all contributions for 2014 must be received or postmarked by Dec. 31, 2014, to qualify as a charitable tax deduction for this year.  To donate stock or ask questions about making a year-end gift to LaGrange College, contact Rebecca Roth, Senior Director of Development, at (706) 957-9635.  Thank you for your dedication and commitment to LaGrange College and our students.

This will be the final @lagrange for 2014. We will resume publication on Jan. 9. Have a blessed and happy holiday season.