Education

QPS looking to sell four schools

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jun. 28, 2019 12:01 am

QUINCY -- Four more Quincy schools could sell to the highest bidder as early as September.

The School Board on Wednesday night asked Superintendent Roy Webb to prepare an "action item" for the July agenda setting dates and minimum bids to sell Adams, Berrian, Ellington and Madison schools.

"We're probably talking about September at the earliest," Webb said.

Webb will work with board members Richard McNay and Mike Troup to finish sales details.

The four buildings will no longer be needed when the new Thomas S. Baldwin and Sarah Atwater Denman Elementary Schools open in August.

Board members have raised the possibility of retaining one school building for potential future uses such as a preschool for all.

"I think they're leaning toward the sale of all schools, but that still will be part of the July agenda," Webb said.

One goal would be to sell the buildings, if possible, before winter weather returns.

"It would save the district money if we didn't have to maintain them and worry about their upkeep and their utilities," Webb said.

The school district sold Dewey School in October for $35,000, well above its $10,000 minimum price but had no bidders for Washington School and its $200,000 minimum price.

Webb said there is "strong interest" in the Washington building from a prospective business owner. The Quincy Plan Commission has approved a special permit to allow a preschool to operate in the closed school. The City Council still must approve the permit.

"We would like to sell Washington and the four other schools," Webb said.