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June 14, 2022 School Board Meeting
Title
Tooley Community Development Group Concept Proposal for Cuyler
Meeting Date(s)
Information - 06/14/2022
Consent Type
Discussion

The Cuyler facility in East Mims is one of the properties identified in the District's Educational Plant Survey as being offered for sale. The building is roughly 16,000 square feet on +/- 2 acres The property is part of a +/- 12 acre parent tract that includes Cuyler Park and Community Center, operated by Brevard County Parks & Recreation through an Interlocal Agreement. The building is not used by the District, but does have historical significance to the local neighborhood.

Recently, Facilities Services was approached by the Tooley Community Development Group, a Mims-based 501(c)(3) (non-profit organization) that is focused on affordable housing, educational enrichment, economic development and history, arts and culture in the East Mims community. The Tooley Community Development Group is proposing to revitalize Cuyler as a "technical learning center" that would "prepare East Mims residents for entry level positions in welding, soldering, working with composites, electronics and simple coding. The center will also offer "GED, computer literacy, soft sills courses and case management."

The Tooley Community Development Group and Facilities Services have discussed broad-based terms of a potential long- term partnership under which Tooley Community Development Group would have full control of and responsibility for the building. The District would have no responsibility for maintenance, utilities, insurance or any other aspect of building operation. Tooley Community Development Group would invest in the facility and utilize Cuyler for educational programs and related services responsive to the community's needs.  Tooley Community Development Group has investigated the condition of the building and is prepared to assume responsibility for all aspects of building maintenance and improvement at no cost to the District. 

The concept is provided as information to the School Board. The next step is for the District staff to work with the Tooley Community Development Group to develop the terms of the agreement. If the staff and the Tooley Community Development Group can agree on the terms, then the agreement will be presented for School Board consideration later this year. 

Additional information regarding the Tooley Community Development Group and their proposed use of the building is attached. 

 

Recommendation

Proceed with preparing an agreement with the Tooley Development Group for the utilization of Cuyler for educational programs and related community services. 

 

Authority for Action
F.S. 1001.42
Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom
No
Source of Funding

Agenda Item will not Require the Expenditure of Funds
Financial Impact
FY Amount Budgeted Fund Cost Center Project Function Object Program
                 
Legal Counsel Review
No
Contact
Susan Hann, P.E., Assistant Superintendent Facilities Services 633-1000 ext. 11446
Attachments
Cuyler site map.pdf
Tooley Community Development Group Cuyler School Use Plan.pdf
Tooley Community Development Group Organization Narrative.pdf
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