Transfer of deed for Heltonville School to take place next week

BEDFORD – The North Lawrence Community School board approved attorney Greg Pittman to act on behalf of the board to transfer the deed of Heltonville School during the closing of the sale next Wednesday.

The North Lawrence School board approved the sale of the Heltonville School in June 2021 for $735,000.

There were two bids for Heltonville School. The highest bidder was awarded to Jerry Ford, owner of Transitions LLC.

According to Ford, Heltonville school will be designed for a 100-bed drug treatment facility to expand the already existent Transitions recovery center that operates in Bedford.

The Heltonville facility will be a 28-day inpatient with a partial hospitalization program. The patient will participate in a full recovery program and will graduate from the program.

The patient will then receive job placement, along with housing once they complete the 28-day program.

Jerry Ford says it will take approximately six months to get the Heltonville facility ready to receive patients.

“I really appreciate the school board, they have done their due diligence as far as the bidding process. I think it is important for Lawrence County residents to know a Heltonville guy, after being born and raised out there kept the school,” said Ford. “We are going to keep this for the community, and we are going to do some really good things for Heltonville and the surrounding areas”.

In other business:

  • Maggie Dainton updated the board on the e-learning day that will take place on October 1, 2021.
  • Approved updates to policy including the non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies.

During the public comment period, Springville resident Eric Johnson addressed the board on transportation issues and how the communication between the transportation department and himself broke down. Dr. Mungle stated he will provide a response to Johnson on Friday.

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