Washington County Public Schools plans to move its department of maintenance and operations to a former used car lot.
The school system has reached an agreement of sale to buy the now vacant Southern Toy Store, at 701 Frederick St., in Hagerstown, from Trend VI LLC. The company owns the property, which consists of 2.02 acres, and a 15,982-square-foot building.
The property is within walking distance from the school system's central office at 820 Commonwealth Ave.
The school system will purchase the property for $1.1 million, and Assistant Superintendent for School Operations Boyd Michael estimates that an additional $110,000 will be spent on remodeling and another $35,000 will be spent on closing costs.
The Washington County Board of Education approved the purchase Tuesday 6-0, with Board Member Bernadette M. Wagner absent.
"The maintenance and operations staff will have ample office and work space, along with a large storage facility, and the move will free up additional parking at the central office site and reduce the need for additional bus parking at other locations," Michael said.