The Cave Spring Community Coalition (CSCC) is on a mission to save the Cave Spring Elementary School property for use as a comprehensive community center.
The Floyd BoE will close the school at the completion of the 2021-2022 school year. The Floyd BoE members have stated that they will make a decision regarding disposition of the property in spring 2022.
Floyd BoE members have stated that they want to have the support of the Cave Spring community for whatever decision they make. The CSCC has secured over 200 signatures of support as well as letters of support for the community center concept – from the Cave Spring City Council, the Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority, AHAS and other Floyd County organizations, including the Boys and Girls Club, United Way and the Rome Floyd County Development Authority.
The CSCC represents a group of Floyd County organizations and citizens who propose that the school should be repurposed for use as a comprehensive community center with a broad range of programs for youth (ages 5 to 18), health and wellness activities for seniors and the community-at-large as well as a space for arts organizations, a business incubator and community meetings. The building totals approximately 61,000 square feet and, via its segmented design, would accommodate a wide range of organizations and services for the community.
The CSCC presented its proposal to the Floyd BoE on Monday, October 18 and will submit a final business plan to the Floyd BoE in early January.
The CSCC will present its draft business plan to the City of Cave Spring at the December 14 meeting.
The plan will be finalized and delivered to the Floyd BoE in early January.
The plan includes information regarding the proposed organizational structure of the CSCC as a non-profit, partners, proposed service providers and 10-year financial plan, including funding which has been secured to cover operating expenses (insurance, maintenance, utilities and personnel) in perpetuity.
Members of the CSCC will be available to present plan highlights and answer questions. They include Judy L. Taylor, Chair, CSCC, Tom Lindsey (City of Cave Spring, Mayor Pro-Tem) and Joyce Mink, City of Cave Spring, Council Member).