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Gervais School Board votes to sell Eldriedge

The Gervais School Board is playing the waiting game after agreeing to sell Eldriedge Elementary School for $700,000 at the school district’s monthly board meeting Sept. 19.

The board agreed to sell the four-classroom single story building located on River Road to St. John Bosco High School, which is currently leasing the building from Gervais School District.

“We did our part where the board approved the offer…but the other entity needed to take their acceptance back to their board,” said Ann O’Connell, speaking on behalf of Gervais Superintendent Rick Hensel. “As far as I know, we haven’t really heard back from them.”

The two schools have been in negotiations over the property for months after Gervais School District opted to consolidate its buildings onto a single campus over the summer. The move brought all of Gervais’ K-12 classrooms onto a single site and allowed the district to move forward on the sale of Brooks, Eldriedge and North Howell schools, which have been for sale since July 2012.

St. John Bosco, which used to meet at the North Howell property, began leasing Eldriedge this month, and Gervais board members were hoping to approve the sale to the small private Catholic school.

“They’re already kind of putting down roots and settling in, which is ideal,” said O’Connell. “We’re very glad.”

The Eldriedge building was built in 1980 and sits on eight acres of property located southwest of Gervais on the opposite side of Interstate 5. The depreciated value of the property is $844,000, according to Gervais School District’s website.

The school district is still looking for buyers for its Brooks and North Howell properties, valued at $2.4 million and $460,000, respectively.