PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The Pierre School Board decided yesterday to reject bids on one of the district’s elementary school buildings and put a decision on accepting or rejecting bids for another elementary on hold for now. The board declared three of its properties as surplus in recent months and last week, District Business Manager Darla Mayer opened four bids-two for McKinley Elementary and two for Washington Elementary. There were no bids for the district’s Administration Building. At yesterday’s special meeting, the board voted to reject bids for McKinley, which ranged from $67,500 to $101,100. Two bids for Washington were $107,500 and $351,000-and yesterday the board voted to delay a decision on those bids. Superintendent Dr. Kelly Glodt says they directed Mayer to meet with the top bidder for Washington to work out some contingencies for a possible purchase agreement and he says the bid could be reconsidered in the future.
Glodt says since there were no bids offered for the Administration Building, the board can legally negotiate with any parties that are interested on the building, as long as a buyer wants to pay at least 90% of the appraised value of the structure. As for the bids on McKinley, Glodt says they were considered to be too low by the board and school officials have various options that could mean continued use of the McKinley building for other purposes.
The board is currently looking at plans that could make changes to the district’s elementary buildings. McKinley and Washington are the oldest buildings in Pierre and the board is considering plans to close one or both of the buildings, add on to the district’s two newest elementary buildings-Buchanan and Jefferson; rebuilding a new school on the grounds of Washington School or constructing a brand new school in northeast Pierre. The district will hold a third and final public meeting next week-on August 1-to discuss the options it is looking at and take comments and questions. School officials have reiterated that they can move forth with an elementary school plan-without raising taxes.
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