CHARLESTON -- A former consignment store location would be used for storage if a sale to the Charleston school district is finalized, a district official says.

During its meeting today (Dec. 19), the Charleston school board is scheduled to vote to authorize negotiations toward the possible purchase of the building at 960 18th St. in Charleston.

The building is currently unoccupied and was most recently the location of the Twice Is Nice consignment store.

The building and property are in "an ideal location" near Charleston High School and Charleston Middle School, district Superintendent Todd Vilardo said.

If an agreement on the sale is reached, the school district would use the building for storage, at least for the immediate future, Vilardo said.

Materials the district is currently storing in a building near Jefferson Elementary School would be moved to the location, he said.

Vilardo said the condition of the building near Jefferson is beginning to deteriorate and it's not cost effective to repair.

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The district would probably demolish that building and use that area as green space for Jefferson if the purchase of the Twice Is Nice building is completed, he said.

Owning the property would also give the district options for the future in case any other projects for that area might be considered, Vilardo also said.

He said a purchase price for the site wouldn't be determined unless the sale is finalized. The board's vote today would authorize pursuing the project, he explained.

The board's meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the district administration building at 410 W. Polk Ave. There are few non-routine votes scheduled for the meeting.

One of several personnel items scheduled for a vote is accepting the retirement of CHS Principal Trevor Doughty, effective at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Doughty has been the high school's principal since 2014 and was in other administrative, teaching and coaching positions before that.

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