The Oneida Special School District Board of Education voted Thursday evening to deed the building currently occupied by S.T.A.N.D. to the anti-drug coalition.

By unanimous decision and with no discussion, the board approved the transfer of ownership to S.T.A.N.D., which provides substance abuse education and prevention efforts in local schools.

According to board chairman Dr. Nancy Williamson, the transfer of ownership will allow S.T.A.N.D. to obtain funding to make upgrades to the building, which is in need of repair. The facility is located on Shepperd Road, near its intersection with Alberta Street in the Oak Grove area. Once a hardware store, the building was later donated to the school system for training and storage purposes, and has housed the S.T.A.N.D. offices since about the time the organization was founded.

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