Spoon River College says the purchase of more than half an acre in Rushville will lead to expanded offerings in Rushville and surrounding communities.

Spoon River College announced Monday that a Rushville property purchase will help provide a permanent home for the school’s Schuyler County programs.


SRC bought more than half an acre on Maple Avenue next to the University of Illinois Extension Service offices. The land was purchased from the Schuyler County Extension Education Building Association.


The school runs its Rushville attendance center at a leased facility on West Washington Street.


The $52,000 purchase will be paid for by general obligation community college bonds issued by the school in 2006. Those bonds also were used to help SRC’s expansion plans in Macomb and Havana.


SRC trustee Linda Butler of Rushville examined several vacant lots in or near Rushville with Schuyler County economic development coordinator Carol Montague. The two looked at property close to Rushville-Industry High School as well as several buildings in Rushville.


"The purchase of this property and the eventual construction of a permanent facility will allow us to expand our offerings and better serve the residents of Rushville and surrounding communities," Butler said.


SRC’s board of trustees voted in September to contract with the Missouri firm of Control Technology Solutions. The company will conduct a feasibility study and provide conceptual drawings for the new building.


Butler said the location of the building will give SRC "many opportunities to develop new programs and maximize the partnerships we already have."

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