The Jackson County Department of Human Resources (DHR) will be relocating to Brownwood Elementary School on Oct. 1, 2019. The Scottsboro City Schools Board of Education voted to lease the building to DHR for five years with an option for an additional five years.
DHR will occupy 65 to 70% of the school. The building will be leased to DHR by a square footage rate of just under one dollar. Scottsboro City School System will be reimbursed for water, sewer, gas and electricity. The school system will also be provided a stipend to perform any maintenance needs the building has.
Scottsboro City Schools Superintendent Dr. Jay Reyes said the school system was looking for an entity to take over the building that would provide the most services for the community.
He said they were contacted by the DHR office in Montgomery in April inquiring about the potential of finding another building to house Jackson County DHR. Reyes said representatives from DHR visited the property several times and had multiple conversations about the building.
“I think it’s going to be a great partnership,” said Reyes. “I can’t speak enough about the Department of Human Resources and their representatives. They’ve been very, very easy to work with.”
Jackson County DHR will move into Brownwood on Oct. 1. At the beginning of August, DHR will come in and take care of some cosmetic things inside the building such as painting, carpeting and building a couple doors to separate the building into sections. There are also some technology matters that DHR needs to take care of.
“DHR reaches so many people in our community, and for us to be able to have the opportunity to help support that makes us very willing to be a partner with them,” said Reyes.
“The Department of Human Resources is very pleased with our new Jackson County DHR location. We would like to thank Dr. Reyes and the Scottsboro City Board of Education for their assistance in making this space available to DHR. DHR has the same economic impact to Jackson County as a 14-million-dollar business and serves more than 10,000 Jackson County children and vulnerable adults each year through the six major programs administered by the Department. We look forward to our continued work with the Scottsboro City Board of Education to the benefit of the citizens of Jackson County,” said Public Information Manager for Alabama DHR Barry Spear.
There is still square footage left at Brownwood, and Reyes did not rule out the opportunity for them to expand if groups want to use pieces of the building.