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District looks to sell unused property

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, July 13, 2013

If you’re in the market for an old trailer, or an old middle school, Alvord ISD may have a deal for you.

The school board voted Thursday afternoon to sell an old FEMA trailer that has been parked at the district’s Project Center for several years. If someone will haul it away, they can likely get it fairly cheap.

“It’s basically surplus,” Superintendent Bill Branum told the board. “It’s unneeded, and it’s been out there for several years. My thinking is, let’s put an ad in the paper and see what kind of bids we get.”

He said if the district can get a fair price and the buyer will haul it away, he’d like to have it moved by the time school starts.

It may take little longer to sell the other surplus item – the former middle school building on the U.S. 287 access road just north of Farm Road 1655. That facility has been sitting empty since the summer of 2009, the year the middle school moved to its current site on Farm Road 1655 just west of U.S. 287.

The highway frontage should make the location attractive to a business, Branum said. But the school district would like to hang onto the gym, which is still used by the elementary school that backs up to the empty building.

“It might be a shot in the dark,” Branum said. “It would help the tax base and free us from maintenance costs. It’s all just sitting there, idle, and at some point some things might need repair or replacement if it continues to just sit there.”

The board discussed the possibility of separating the utilities so that the gym, locker rooms and foyer had their own electric meter.

There is also a portable building adjacent to the facility that is currently being used as a community clothes closet. That too might be sold – although Branum noted that the facility is needed, and there is nothing else like it in the community.

Another challenge would be a fiber-optic line that runs through the office there. It would need to be disconnected and re-routed so that all the school buildings remain connected.

In the end, the board voted to let the city know it’s on the market, then advertise it and see if there is any interest.

“I don’t think it’s going to hurt at all to try and sell it,” board member John Schedcik said. “We’re not using it.”

THREE TEACHERS HIRED

The board extended contracts to three new teachers – two at the elementary school and one at the middle school.

  • Lisa Watkins, who has taught in Alvord ISD previously, returned on a one-year contract to teach as assigned.
  • Tiana Lockett, who has taught in Decatur ISD for the past six years, will also teach on the elementary campus as assigned.
  • Garrett Yuen, a UT-Arlington graduate who substituted in Arlington ISD last year, will join the middle school campus as a teacher/coach, replacing Brent Holzer who went to Sanger as head baseball coach.

Trustees also approved the contract with North Texas Contracting for paving work underway at the high school and middle school campuses, gave Branum the OK to seek bids on a new vehicle, and made an amendment to the budget for security upgrades.

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