The Williams Unified School Board recently voted to move forward with plans to acquire the Coconino Community College (CCC) building on the Williams High School campus. The board approved an amended lease agreement with the college. If CCC approves the agreement, the district will take ownership July 1.
The building sits dormant these days. The college decided that not enough students were taking advantage of classes in Williams and has not offered classes as a result for some time. At one point, GED classes were available, but again, there just wasn't enough student demand.
Maybe the district can put the building to good use. District officials said the building could be used to offer more Career and Technical Education (CTE) classes. That can't hurt. In today's job market, the district needs to provide students with as many career options as possible by the time they graduate.
Distict officials estimate it will cost about $10,000 per year to maintain the building. Not a bad price for a building that is in good shape and located on the high school campus.
The ball is in the district's court. Acquiring the building could turn out to be a great move. As long as the building doesn't continue to sit empty at the top of the hill.