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District 157 sells property on West Solon Road, takes loss

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 12:00 a.m. CDT

RICHMOND – As District 157 moves ahead with its new transportation and district offices, the school board approved the sale of the property it originally had bought to house those offices.

The move means the district takes a loss of $301,600 on the property at 5215 W. Solon Road.

The school board voted unanimously to accept the high bid of $233,400 from Travis and Dawn Holian of Richmond, Superintendent Dan Oest said in an email. The other offers ranged from $99,500 to $199,500 and were submitted as part of a sealed bid process.

The district had bought the property in December 2008 for $535,000, but it would have cost the district an additional $1 million to make necessary improvements.

Oest did not return a call or email asking whether the district had considered not accepting the bids. The board also could have chosen to go through a traditional sale process or gone through a second bidding process.

The school board plans on using land at 4213 Route 12, which it bought in June for $950,000, for the offices.

Because the Route 12 property is designed to house something like the planned facility, it will require little renovation, Oest said at the time of the purchase. Nippersink Landscape Supply moved from the location last fall.

The district has enough money in reserves to cover the cost of purchase and renovation, he has said.

District 157 provides busing for the one school it contains, Richmond-Burton Community High School, as well as Nippersink District 2, which covers the same geographic area and contains two elementary schools and a middle school. The two districts have several shared service agreements and share many district staff.

The transportation department currently is housed at the high school, where it doesn’t have room for any development or expansion.

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