Rector School District works to purchase old armory

City gives old armory to school
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

RECTOR, AR (KAIT) - The city of Rector has decided who will be the new owner of the old armory.

The city council approved the sale of the building to the Rector School District.

The final purchase is pending approval from the school board on Monday.

"We have been talking back and forth, our school board and city council has been back and forth with discussions and I think they have reached an agreement but officially our school board is going to meet about it on Monday night and so pending approval by them," Rector Athletic Director Nathan. "The current proposal is for us to purchase the armory, it is a price set by the school board and negotiated with the city council and that is what the approval Monday night will consist of the price."

If the school board approves the purchase Monday the school will use the building mainly for athletics.

"We are really excited about the armory and the addition it will bring to the school district. It is going to open up a lot of opportunities for athletic programs," Henderson said.

Henderson said the building will help the school cut down on the amount of travel back and forth from the school and the football field.

"Our primary use is going to be used for our football field house which will be great because currently we do not have a dressing situation for the football field so we have to bus students back and forth from the main campus to the field," Henderson said.

Henderson said the building will not only be used for football, but other sports and extra-curricular activities.

"It is also going to be a great addition to our spring sports, our baseball and softball programs. We will be able to put some cages in and a turf field in which will open up for the inclement weather season in the early spring, it will give us another building to proactive in as well," Henderson said.

Henderson said he knows several other groups has looked at the old armory building and he is thankful the council considered the school for the purchase.

"I just want to thank the people of rector and the city council for being behind us and supporting our school system. You know we are independent here. Our school relies on our city and our city relies on our school and we work together and have a great relationship and we look to continue that relationship," Henderson said.

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