Two former elementary schools received six figure purchase offers from buyers when an online auction closed Monday.
Preliminary figures showed the high bidder has offered $411,000 to purchase Goucher Elementary on the GovDeals auction site. The winning bid for Mary Bramlett Elementary was $255,000. Four parcels of land on Sycamore and Chandler Drive received a high bid of $22,100.
Now, the Cherokee County School Board will have to decide whether the school properties will be sold for these amounts. Superintendent Dr. Dana Fall said representatives from GovDeals are scheduled to present information about the property sales at Monday’s school board meeting.
There were 134 bids submitted for the Goucher Elementary property while 115 bids were placed to purchase Mary Bramlett Elementary on the GovDeals auction site. The identity of the property buyers has not been released by the school district.
The winning bidder will have two weeks to make a 5% down payment on the school properties if a property sale is approved by the school board. The buyer would be required to pay a 5% administrative fee charged by GovDeals along with closing costs for the school property.
According to Fall, the Goucher and Mary Bramlett school sales can not be finalized until the county’s charter schools exercise their right of first refusal. State law requires the district give Goucher Charter Academy and Cherokee Charter Academy an opportunity to buy the schools for the winning bid amount.
Goucher Charter Academy received conditional approval March 25 to join the Limestone Charter Association. The approval is subject to the Goucher committee locating a school facility and providing additional details about its education plan. The school is expected to open in fall of 2023.
Goucher Elementary is the preferred building for the new charter school. Goucher Charter Academy board chairman Jimmy Lamb could not be reached for additional comment about the planning committee’s interest in the school property.
Tutelage Education Solutions paid $1.8 million in 2020 to purchase the 42-acre former Cherokee Technology Center site from the school district. Extensive renovation work was done to convert the facility into Cherokee Charter Academy. The school plans to serve students in kindergarten through seventh grade next year.
Tutelage CEO Tony Helton did not return a call seeking comment on whether the Cherokee Charter Academy had any interest in acquiring the schools. The charter school board held its monthly meeting Thursday evening.