Approval was given last night by the school board for a 99-year lease on board property to the Calhoun Commission for a new 911 Center.

They voted unanimously in favor of the deal.

"This is a good opportunity for the school system to partner with the commission and help the county," said Superintendent Ron Blankenship.

The small block building will be built on about one acre of land near the new board office and bus garage behind Calhoun Middle-High School.

It will house the county's 911 equipment and a new radio tower will be erected on the site. The current building at Mt. Zion does not meet standards and is in a deteriorating condition.

The Calhoun Commission and the 911 Advisory Board have been working to move the center forward, a situation that has been difficult because of a lack of funds.

Commission president Larry McCallister said the commission has been able to reduce much of the 911 debt and use some current Budget Digest money for the project. "We hopefully will obtain some additional funds to place the facility in operation," he said.

After hitting several snags, the commission will be re-bidding the project.

"We want to move dirt and mix mortar and get it on the road," said 911 Advisory Board President Jerry Riggs.