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No sale: Bid for old Distrct 8 school not high enough

Friday, January 29, 2010

The former District 8 schoolhouse two miles southwest of McCook did not sell at auction Friday morning.

The final bid of $48,000 generated at the auction at the Chief Restaurant and any other subsequent bids will be presented to the McCook Public Schools board of education at its meeting Monday, starting at 6 p.m. in the conference room of the junior high.

MPS Superintendent Grant Norgaard said today following the auction that the board may accept a bid, decide to list the property for sale or retain the buildings for the use of MPS.

Norgaard said he felt uncomfortable accepting the last bid on behalf of the school board.

Bidding started at $25,000 for the two-story brick building, the attached metal building gymnasium and one acre (more or less) of land. Bids crept up in $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 increments, through two five-minutes recesses, and closed at $48,000.

After a conference among Norgaard, Randy Bauer of Gateway Realty and auctioneer Johnny Walker, Walker told the 50-or-so gathered for the sale, "This property's worth more money."

The school's contents, the playground equipment and other MPS surplus will sell at auction Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m., at the school.

Monday's school board meeting has been moved up one week from its usual second Monday of each month.

Norgaard will report to the board the results of the auction and also update board members on Legislation and the search for a special education director.

Board members will accept one resignation and two anonymous donations, one for $15,000, another for $7,500.

Other items on the agenda include appointment of board committees for 2010; approval of the school calendar for 2010-11; curriculum updates; reports from the Student Council, McCook Elementary PTO and TeamMates; and discussion of the annual review of the school district's bullying prevention policy.

In closed session, board members and Norgaard will discuss feedback to an evaluation of Norgaard made in January.

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