PV will sell school facility

GOWRIE – The Prairie Valley Community School District board approved Thursday a resolution of intent to sell a school building in Callender.

The building, at 621 Thomas St., has been unused for several years, according to Launi Dane, PVCSD co-superintendent.

“The Callender building has been empty for the past three years. They closed it probably three years ago,” she said. “They moved the elementary to the Farnhamville building, so now the Farnhamville building is a pre-K-through-six building.”

The old school has a gym and multipurpose room, though it is otherwise vacant, with little or no equipment left inside.

Efforts by the district in the past to sell the building were unsuccessful, Dane said.

“They had, a while back, an auction on it and no one made a bid for the building,” she said. “Now, the building is for sale.”

The school is a minor burden for the district.

“We have to pay utilities on it, insurance on it. It’s just a cost. The classes won’t be moving back, so they (the board) want to move on,” Dane said. “They feel if somebody else has a good use for it, then they’d like to see that happen.”

Sealed bids are now being taken by the district school board.

“There is no price tag on it,” Dane said. “They will accept the most appropriate bid. They don’t know what people are going to give for the building.”

There is interest in the building already from area businesses, Dane said.

“And if they continue to express interest in it, the board is still open to take on anybody who is interested in taking on that school building,” she said.

A public hearing will be held and the bids reviewed on May 13 at 6 p.m. The hearing will be held at the district administrative building in Gowrie, in the high school library.

“They will be taking sealed bids that night,” Dane said. “And then they plan on, at their regular board meeting, to possibly accept the bids or deny the bids. They may award the bids, or not.”

The next regular meeting of the PVCSD school board is May 20 at 6 p.m. No bids have been approved yet nor actions taken to sell the building.