Termite infestations are never good, except for the Polk School District. Not long ago, officials with the school board did something most people would never dream of, they purchased a termite-infested house. The termite-riddled house was located next to Rockmart High School, and the school board purchased the house in order to sell salvaged materials in an effort to raise money. Although the house had been hosting a long-running termite infestation, several parts of the house, such as the doors, vinyl windows, a heating unit, cabinets and ceiling fans were found to be termite-free. These items, as well as auto parts from defunt school buses, will be auctioned off in order to raise 8,000 dollars for much needed school supplies.
In other termite-related news, several historic buildings have been cleared of termites in preparation for the upcoming grand opening of “Historic Westville” in Columbus. Several buildings that were once located in the historic town have been in the process of moving to Columbus for years, but extensive termite infestations in over a dozen of the town’s buildings halted plans to open a living history museum in Columbus. Historic Westville historians and preservationists are responsible for renovating the historically notable structures and moving them to Columbus. However, 14 buildings still remain in the town of Lumpkin, and extensive work still needs to be done on the buildings before they can be moved to Columbus in time for the opening of the living history village. The historical village has already allowed certain media outlets to gain an advanced peak at the newly renovated town, but the general public will not be allowed to visit the historical site until its opening on June 22nd. Renovating all the structures took years and 7 million dollars to complete. The termite damage was so advanced that 200,000 dollars needed to be spent just to renovate the chewed up wood flooring in several infested buildings.
Do you think that preserving history is worth the money it costs to repair termite-damaged historical structures?