The bid of Botanical Sciences of Glennville for $603,000 was accepted by the Tattnall County Board of Education at their Monday, February 28, 2022, meeting for the sale of Glennville Elementary School (GES) following a closed session to review the bids that were received by last Friday's deadline for GES as well as Collins Elementary School (CES) and Reidsville Elementary School (RES).
The high bid of $150,000 for Collins Elementary School was made by Bryan Green, Jim Carver, and Jim Martin. The only bid of $40,000 for Reidsville Elementary School was submitted by Elite Insurance Group of Reidsville.
Botanical Sciences was selected by the Georgia Access to Medical Cannabis Commission to operate a Class I (100,000 square foot) cannabis cultivation and manufacturing facility in Glennville. The GES facility will be used to conduct employee training and community development programs. The use of the gym on the campus will be available for use by the Glennville Recreation Department.
The intended use of the facility at CES will be for a 501(c)3 Machine Ops Training Academy to train discharged veterans and underserved recent high school graduates to proficiently operate heavy equipment.
The intended use of RES by Elite Insurance Group will be as a professional office setting. Elite Insurance Group also will allow use of the RES gym by the Reidsville Recreation Department, a five-year commitment contingent on the city's assistance with property taxes.
Other bids for GES were made by PDS and PDS Ministries, Inc., of Glennville for $450,000, and by United Holdings, LLC, of Glennville for $100,000. The intended use of the facility by PDS and PDS Ministries was stated as to "continue and enhance youth prevention activities, partner with organizations to provide services for youths and families, and partner with Recreation Department to help youths." The intended use stated by United Holdings, LLC, was to develop the facility into a technical, hands-on training center.
Others who bid on CES were Triangle-J, Inc., of Collins for $125,000 and Elite Insurance Group, which bid "$75,000 for both CES and RES, or $40,000 for one facility." Both Triangle-J's and Elite Insurance Group's intended uses were for professional office settings.
GES's 94,316 square foot facility sits on 29.38 acres. The CES school provides 57,000 square feet on 15 acres, while RES sits on 17.15 acres and the facility is 82,343 square feet. All three schools were originally built in 1955, but each has been renovated/expanded over the years.