Mayor: City may be interested in current Walker High property
by James Phillips
Jan 13, 2013 | 3260 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
With the approval of a 1-percent sales tax increase last week, Jasper is now on track to build a new high school. Mayor Sonny Posey said no formal discussions have taken place about what will happen to the current Walker High School property but added the city may have interest in the facility.

Posey, speaking to the Rotary Club last week, said the current school property could be a solution to overcrowding at Jasper City Hall.

“We have limited space at city hall,” Posey said. “The older portion of the school would probably be demolished, but the remainder would accommodate city hall. It would be a great space, and I think it could be done for a decent price, if that ends up being a possibility.”

Posey said the current city hall would make an ideal location for municipal court.

“We already hold municipal court in the courtroom downstairs, but we could turn the council meeting chambers on the second floor into a courtroom as well,” he said.

Jasper City Schools Superintendent Robert Sparkman said he has always felt the first option for the property would be to see if Bevill State Community College had any interest in it.

“With future growth in mind, it might be advantageous for the college to purchase some of the property,” he said.

Sparkman said the property may also be a great opportunity for the city.

“Anything the city would like to do with the property could certainly be an available option,” Sparkman said. “We have always agreed that we want the property to be put to good use and not become an eyesore.”

Posey said any possible use for the property is only a thought at this point.

“This is just my train of thought,” he said. “It will be some time before any deal would be made, but this is what I’m thinking right now.”