(Connie Jo Discoe/McCook Daily Gazette)
The property offers an opportunity that comes around "once in a hundred years" for the school district to purchase adjacent property.
After a closed session, board members will give Superintendent Grant Norgaard direction to submit a sealed bid on the armory property at 404 W. Seventh.
"Once in a hundred years" does a school board have the opportunity to purchase adjacent property that has so much potential, board president Tom Bredvick said Thursday morning. If the tall fences were removed on the north and west, the areas could be used for additional parking at the south end of the high school, he said.
The interior has rooms that could be used as classrooms, as well as a kitchen and an adjoining cafeteria seating area.
The gym could be used for practice, taking pressure off the district's other gyms, Bredvick said.
The basement-level garage and mechanic's bay once housed tank maintenance and repair areas, and would be a natural fit for school buses, or even auto mechanics or small engine repair classrooms, he said.
The school district now has properties not adjacent to school properties, such as the LIFT alternative education classrooms on North Highway 83 and the bus barn on West Q, either or both of which could be housed at the former armory, Bredvick said.
"The armory property fits well with a lot of odd uses for the school," he said.
Bredvick admitted that the yard looks "a little tough," but he added, "give Chris Wallace a couple months and it'll look great." Bredvick continued, "Negatives include the sloping hill, and an odd-shaped lot," but, he said, he could still see the possibilities and potential in the property next door to the high school.
National Guard functions have been relocated to the new U.S. Armed Forces Readiness Center east of McCook.