The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Local Education

February 26, 2014

Offer could extend Wigwam deadline

Agreement could set June 30 for a decision on demolition

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He said the Wigwam complex provides double the floor space that is available in the Paramount Theatre ballroom. There is a verbal commitment for two events per year at the facility.

“This gives us a year,” Snyder said of the temporary offer.

Tim Edsell, interim superintendent of Anderson Community Schools, said the school system will continue to incur some of the operating costs, specifically insurance and preservation of the Wigwam.

“This most recent offer has been provided to the board president,” he said. “We want to give the board some time to study the offer and determine a direction to take.”

Edsell said ACS is open to partnering with WSE, but it will be a board decision.

ACS had estimated it would cost between $3 million and $5.5 million to preserve the building and an additional $3.1 million to $4.1 million investment to make the facility usable.

Those estimates have been questioned by both the Blue Ribbon Committee and WSE.

Follow Ken de la Bastide on Twitter @KendelaBastide, or call 640-4863.

What's next - Temporary offer could extend Wigwam deadline to June 30 - School board to learn details on March 11. - Four organizations, developer and individual to defray Wigwam operating costs for 4 months.

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