The Athens Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a trade of the R.C. Fisher School for a 25 acre track of land on 3rd Street in north Athens.

The trade was with Fellowship Bible Church in Athens. Athens ISD Superintendent Dr. Fred Hayes said the school district received a bid for the trade in late May.

“We put a notice in the paper back in early May that the property was up for sale or trade,” Hayes said Friday morning. “We received notification in late May from Pastor Jerry Dennis of Fellowship Bible Church. I did what I was suppose to do, which is  take the proposal to the board and they approved the trade last night at our workshop.”

The property the school acquired is at 1009 3rd Street. The school is located on Jonathan Street. Dennis said once the sale is final, the church will eventually move to the school location.

“We want to use it for our church,” Dennis said. “We want to use the property to minister to the community and do the work of God there.”

Dennis said he saw the notice in the newspaper that the district would like to trade for the property.

“We saw it in the paper and we knew we had some land that we could trade and we are happy they approved it,” he said.

According to the Henderson County Appraisal District’s Web-site, the school has a value of $2,395,210. The property on 3rd street is listed at $48,640 for 32.771 acres and then another listing for 22.774 acres for $29,030.

“We will use the property for future growth,” Hayes said.

The school has been closed since May of 2008. According to school officials, the school has saved over $106,000 per year by moving the sixth grade to the middle school.

“As soon as we make sure there is a clear deed to the 25 acres and all the legal paperwork is done, it should close,” Hayes said.

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