Board members voted 3-1 Thursday to accept a bid of $143,900 from Virginia Wrecking. A date for the start of demolition was not stated. The lone vote against the measure came from Sonia Waid, who represents District 4.
“I think we should spend money on buildings that have students inside them,” she said.
Superintendent Jason Adkins said he respected her opinion, but funding for the project could be lost if the demolition doesn’t happen soon. Adkins said the school board is using Alabama Public School and College Authority funds for the project.
“It is a big liability,” Adkins said. “We were not going to expedite this so quickly, but we need to at this point.”
Butch Sargent, local Uniserve Director for the Alabama Education Association, asked Adkins about keeping the gym portion of the school.
Adkins didn’t think keeping the gym was a good financial decision.
“That’s something we had talked about, but it would cost too much for us to do that,” Adkins said. “It would be $150,000 to $200,000. If someone could come up with that to keep it, that would be great. I just don’t think that is possible.”
Sargent also said the Cordova Volunteer Fire Department is currently housed in the gym of the old school.
Adkins said the CVFD being in the gym was a deal he had worked out with Fire Chief Dean Harbison.
“We gave them permission to be there with him knowing all along that at some point we would be tearing down the place,” Adkins said.
In other action from Thursday’s meeting:
•Adkins said the school board would soon send out bids for the sale of the former Farmstead School.
“We’ve had a lot of interest expressed in the property,” he said. “We may be able to obtain a decent sum of money for Farmstead. As property goes, it is pretty valuable. There is an interest there, and the only way to handle it is to send out for bids.”
•The former Townley School property was also mentioned by Adkins. He said he would like to see that property be used by the community.
“That community deserves to have the school,” he said. “We’ve got a couple of outstanding lawsuits from people who sued to keep the school from being closed. It has been closed for a good time now. I’d like to get those suits taken care of and see what we can do with the school.”
•The board approved the sale of property to the Boldo Volunteer Fire Department and the Boldo Water Authority. The property where the fire department sits will be sold for $10,000, while the property where the water authority is located with be sold for $4,000.