County staff and county Office of Education Superintendent John Anderson barely convinced the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to apply for a grant that will pay for half of the construction of a joint-use facility.
The board approved the project 3-2 at its regular meeting, with Supervisors Joe Maruca and Gary Wyatt voting no.
Wyatt was a school board member in Brawley and Maruca was a local school superintendent before they became county supervisors.
Maruca said he voted against the agreement because he thinks it's not a good business move.
"It will be the most expensive meeting training facility in the world," he said after the meeting.
Anderson said the project will benefit students and staff from the Office of Education and the county.
If the grant is approved, the state will pay the majority of the costs to build the $2 million multi-purpose, joint-use facility. The county and the Office of Education will split the rest of the costs at $450,000 each.