The conveyance entails the school buildings, also referred to as Parcel One (3.05 acres), and an adjacent area of 3.35 acres, known as Parcel Two (3.35 acres).
Spalding County had originally raised the possibility of purchasing the Fairmont property for a nominal amount, according to a memorandum by Griffin-Spalding County School System Director of Construction and Facilities Bruce Ballard.
However, the school system found it best to transfer the property instead, considering the rather fast deterioration process of the buildings on site, which would otherwise require maintenance expenses for the school system in the near future, Ballard said in the memorandum.
The board agreed to the transfer of the two parcels under the conditions that it will have no liability regarding demolition disposal on Parcel One and that it will be granted continued access to Parcel Two for school functions. The latter parcel contains a football field adjacent to the buildings.
Spalding County is considering turning the original Fairmont School into a Black History Museum, with neighboring buildings serving as a community center and a banquet hall.
Plans for Parcel Two include the creation of a park.