Tupelo School District relocates departments

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Updated: 11/11/2013 6:26 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Tupelo Public School District is making some location changes for certain departments.

On Monday, the finance department moved its operations to Church Street Elementary, and some officials say the move is beneficial for both the department and district.

Built in 1936, Church Street Elementary School has had children running through the halls for decades, and its even on the National Register Listings for Historic Landmarks, but now, the building is being used for something else.

In March, the district moved the Department of Curriculum to the second floor of the building.

"We used the upstairs wing so that we could create a place for us to have professional development opportunities for a large number of people," said Tupelo Assistant Superintendent Matt Dillon.

Now, the finance department is moving its operations from the Frisco Office Park and joining the curriculum department at Church Street.

"We're very excited about that," Dillon said. "I had a lot of people involved in that, including our maintenence department, and our technology department."

Dillon said the move benefits the district in many ways.

"I think it's a very cost effective move first and foremost," he said. "This was the only department where we were renting a facility."

Finance Director Linda Pannell said the district will save about $30,000 per year in rent alone.

"We are also more centrally located as a unit," Pannell explained. "We were kinda spread out in the other place, so we're pretty much all down one quarter."

Because of that central location, Dillon said they'll also save money on storage.

"For example, we had [purchase orders] that were stored across three different buildings," Dillon said. "Now that we're centrally located, we can store items that need to be held over years time. I think it's just great to have them all under one roof."

Pannell said they have a little ways to go, but she said they're excited to be in a new location.

"We're not set up totally yet, but some of us are working and back doing routine things," she said.

Dillon said they'll continue to look at ways to utilize the building.
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