BOONVILLE — The city of Boonville is betting that a deal with State Fair Community College will bring fresh life to a former Missouri military school campus.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reported that Boonville has struggled to find new uses for the 168-year-old campus. The city had purchased the former Kemper Military School for $480,000 in 2003 after it abruptly closed.
But last week, Boonville succeeded in finalizing the lease of one of the campus' buildings to the Sedalia-based community college.
Under the deal, State Fair will lease the Library Learning Center building from the city for $24,000 a year for five years. In turn, the city will renovate the basement to accommodate two classrooms and a computer lab. The main level will house the college's administrative offices.