Mendon School Board sells Loraine Elementary School to local outfitter

Posted: May. 16, 2013 9:58 am Updated: Jun. 6, 2013 1:15 pm

Herald-Whig Staff Writer

The Mendon School Board voted to sell Loraine Elementary School to Tad Peter for $55,000 during Wednesday's board meeting.

Peter owns South Fork Outfitting, a hunting gear shop at 110 East Collins in Mendon. Superintendent Diane Roberston said she was unsure about how Peter planned to use the building and the 4.52 acres of land in the purchase.

"I don't know what his intentions are, so I don't want to speak for him," Robertson said.

The district received eight bids for the school. Peter was the highest bidder.

Robertson said the building had been closed a couple different times in the past several years. This sale is part of a cost-saving effort caused by declining state funding. Closing the school saves the district about $12,000 in utilities and upkeep costs.

"We don't think we're going to be using it," Robertson said. "We decided it would be best to let somebody else use it."

The board agreed to sell the building in a 5-1 vote. Board member Steve Arnsman voted against the sale. Robertson said Arnsman did not provide a reason for voting no on the sale.