Pleasanton board approves purchase of Cox Motor site for countywide training program

Updated: Sep 16, 2021

PLEASANTON – The Pleasanton USD 344 Board of Education voted on Monday to purchase the former Cox Motor site at the corner of Laurel and 17th streets in Pleasanton to house a construction and trade training program that Superintendent Travis Laver and the board have been working on for years.

The training center will provide training to students from Pleasanton, Jayhawk-Linn and Prairie View high school students. Administrators from the Jayhawk USD 346 and Prairie View USD 362 have also been a part of the planning process.

The center is expected to be ready for students for the fall 2022 semester.

The cost of the building, which is currently owned by the City of Pleasanton, is $259,000, and the sale is expected to close by Dec. 1, although Laver said he hopes it can close sooner so that renovation of the building can begin.

He expects renovation to last through next spring and into summer 2022.

Although he did not have a firm estimate on renovation costs, Laver said the building was, for the most part, in solid shape. A couple of the first tasks will be to replace the nine or 10 roll-up doors that need more than minor repair.

Also on the list, a couple of heating/air conditioning (HVAC) units that need to be replaced, he said. Otherwise the roof is solid and many of the repairs made as a result of a fire more than a decade ago have kept the building in good shape.

"The bones of it are all really solid," Laver said, adding that the staff has identified areas that will be used for hands-on instruction as well as classroom.

Fort Scott Community College (FSCC) will be providing teaching staff, and high school students who attend the center will receive college credit for their work. And that will be at no charge to students from the three school districts.

According to Laver, training at the center will also be available for adults who enroll through

FSCC and pay the regular tuition rate.

He said there are plans to send out a survey to determine what areas of trade training are wanted by students.

However, potential courses of study include masonry, carpentry, emergency medical technician training, medical coding, heavy equipment operation, HVAC, as well as other offerings.

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