Alternative ed building for sale

EVART – To bring in extra revenue for Evart Public Schools, the district’s former alternative education building will be put up for sale.

The board voted Monday to place the school building for sale with a minimum bid of $60,000.

After voters turned down the proposed regional enhancement millage last week, which would have brought the district $183,857, Superintendent Howard Hyde the sale of the building will bring in revenue to complete repairs that would have been funded by the millage.

“(Though) the millage didn’t pass, we’re probably still going to have to put a (new) roof on the high school gym,” Hyde said.

The alternative education building, located at 901 N. Main Street in Evart, was purchased for $57,560 in September of 1999. The district has since funded repairs and upgrades such as replacing siding and re-roofing the building along with adding a wooden deck.

A recent appraisal showed the building’s market value being between $55,000 and $59,000.

Hyde recommended a minimum bid of $60,000 to equal the cost of the purchase of the building and additional funds put in to the building.

“(The alternative education building) has been shown to two groups. One is very serious,” Hyde said.

The building has been vacant for one school year. Alternative education teachers and students were integrated into the high school building in the fall of 2011 to utilize the computers for programming.

Hyde said the district had no other plans for the building.

In other business, the board:

  • approved a three-day senior trip to Virginia Beach over spring break of the 2012-13 school year for the class of 2013;
  • approved the anti-bullying policy;
  • adopted a resolution expressing the board’s approval of the proposed Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School district budget.