State Fair Community College to use former Missouri military school campus

Thursday, June 21, 2012 | 9:40 a.m. CDT; updated 4:45 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 21, 2012

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.


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