Cooke Sale Pending Tuesday Bids

The Galesburg School Board will be reviewing bids for the possible sale of a local elementary school.

With a minimum price of $350-thousand, District 205 is hoping a competitive process will give them the best price on Cooke Elementary. The School Board will host a special meeting on Tuesday to open the sealed bids and to potentially vote to make the sale.

No bids have been received as of late this week, but the District believes there will be bidders prior to the Tuesday deadline.

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations David Black tells WGIL they have been showing potential bidders the site in recent weeks.

“We are expecting, hopefully, to get some bids over 350-thousand [dollars], if not, I mean the board can reject all bids,” says Black.

The school board agreed to sell Cooke earlier this year to save the District on costs and because the school was not in compliance with the state’s 70/30 special education rule. Black tells WGIL the process has been different depending on what each potential bidder wants to do.

“We walk them around, show them the building, we do that after hours so it doesn’t disturb the kids,” says Black. “We look at the mechanicals, we’ve had them up on the roof, we look at the schematic drawings, we compare what our information is with what’s there, they just want to look through and know exactly what they’re bidding on.”

The announcement was met with resistance earlier this year from both parents and local residents who questioned the move.

Tuesday’s special meeting will also be used to finalize the issuance of bonds to construct a new Silas Willard Elementary School.

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