Two classrooms that have been stationed at the McDuffie Environmental Education Center for years are available to the first qualified bidder. The buildings are available free, but with one catch. The bidder must provide for the removal of the classrooms and any debris.
The outdoor education program itself is not in jeopardy. The Department of Natural Resources recently secured funding for two permanent structures at the site at 4695 Fish Hatchery Road near Dearing.
"We just didn't need them anymore," McDuffie Countyschools maintenance director Charles Hurst said of the buildings. He said the portable classrooms once were owned by Richmond County schools.
McDuffie County Schools Superintendent Jim LeBrun said the outdoor education area is popular for fall field trips. "It's a really neat place," he said.
The buildings are about 38 feet by 24 feet, and have two bathrooms and two closets each.
The successful bidder must agree to remove the buildings and any debris by July 31. The bidder also much accept responsibility for any necessary permits for the removal.
Arrangements to view the mobile units can be made by calling Barbara Christner or Ed Bettross at (706) 595-1619.
No proposals will be accepted after July 15.
Proposals should be submitted to: Charles Hurst, McDuffie County Board of Education, 716 N. Lee St., Thomson, GA 30824.
For additional information, contact Hurst at (706) 986-4082 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.