County to take up Thompson issue again

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 13, 2000

Adams County supervisors will discuss the much debated Thompson School issue again at their regular meeting Monday.

Board President Virginia Salmon said the board will review a deed prepared by county attorney Marion Smith to give the building to AJFC Community Action Agency, the local Head Start provider.

Thompson has been a hot topic since the board voted two weeks ago to give the county-owned school to AJFC. Thompson alumni and supervisors Darrell Grennell and Thomas &uot;Boo&uot; Campbell spoke out against the decision, wanting the county to maintain ownership of the North Union Street school and grant AJFC a long-term lease.

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After a heated supervisors meeting last week, alumni, Smith, public officials and Head Start officials discussed the issue further. They agreed if AJFC would subdeed or sublease the school’s band room, auditorium and gym to the Thompson Era Reunion alumni they could work with the situation. AJFC educates more than 500 children at Thompson. The agency needed either a long-term lease or a deed to the school to secure grant funding for building maintenance.