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Winnebago School for sale, again

By Staff | Mar 15, 2020

The former Winnebago School buildings are for sale, again.

The Winnebago City Council held a closed session to discuss the potential sale of the school property during their Tuesday, March 10, meeting. Following the closed session, city attorney David Frundt reported discussion had been held on whether to maintain or sell the property.

“No decisions were made during the closed session,” Frundt said.

When the regular meeting resumed council member Rick Johnson brought forth a motion to initiate the sale of the school property by sealed bid. The motion received a second so it was put on the floor for discussion.

“I do not think it is in the best interest of the taxpayers to hold on to this property,” council member Calvin Howard stated.

Council members asked for clarification on how the sale would be handled.

“The intent would be to advertise for bids and then open the bids at the meeting on April 14,” Frundt explained. “The city would retain the right to reject any or all bids.”

The motion passed and the council moved on to the last item on the agenda.

Ironically, the remaining topic to be undertaken by the council was a letter of intent from Genesis Classical Academy to move into the former elementary school building.

Due to the proposed sale of the school property, the council decided to table the letter of intent from Genesis Classical Academy to lease the facilities.

Earlier, during the public comment portion of the council meeting, Scott Robertson, a member of the Center for Educational Development (CED) in Winnebago had addressed the council.

He stated he was worried about a disconnect between the city and CED.

“We are fortunate to have a group like Genesis Classical Academy that is interested in leasing the school building,” Robertson commented. “I urge you to consider the school’s offer.”

Robertson said Genesis was offering to lease some of the facilities for $30,000 or the whole facility for $50,000.

The city had officially taken ownership of the school on Nov. 1, 2019, after the Southern Plains Education Cooperative vacated the building following their move to Fairmont. The city had purchased the school property from the Blue Earth Area School District for $2.