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No takers on old school and land


The Grand Coulee Dam School District’s effort to sell Center School hit a snag last week when it failed to get a single bid.

The old school building and the total of eight acres was put on the chopping block and advertised for sale in July with an Aug. 5 opening of bids scheduled.

While there were three requests for information about the building and property, no one chose to bid on it.

The school district purchased the property from Continental Land Company in October, 2014, for $155,000. And since has spent about $10,000 to get the property and building appraised.

The appraised value was $190,000. The law requires that the district get 90 percent of the appraised value in a sale of the site.

District Superintendent Dennis Carlson had scheduled a special board meeting for Aug. 12, to review bids. That meeting will not likely occur.

Carlson said that at this juncture, he didn’t know what the district will do, and will seek the advice of the district’s attorney.

It was thought that the building itself was the stickler, since the cost of either remodeling or razing it would be expensive.

The property itself would provide several good view lots for residential construction.

Meanwhile, the district is selling surplused items out of the school.

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