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April 19, 2013

JISD initiates plans sale of former Joe Wright campus

JACKSONVILLE — After unanimously adopting a resolution earlier this week determining that the property is no longer needed for educational purposes, the local school board has begun steps to place the former Joe Wright Elementary campus up for sale.

According to Dr. Joe Wardell, JISD superintendent, a contract between an appraiser and the district is underway. Once signed, the appraiser will then carefully examine the 9.296-acre Kickapoo Street property.

While a small amount of the school's contents was transferred to the new campus at 1055 N. Pineda, most was dispersed through two auctions, said Wardell.

“All the portable buildings have been sold, all the playground equipment and interior contents are gone,” he said, adding that the combined auctions raised just over $100,000.

The former school building was constructed sometime after the turn of the last century, housing a middle school and high school program.

According to a school history, it was named for local business owner Joe Wright but was more commonly known as Jacksonville High School.

In 1939, an auditorium was built; in 1952, an elementary school was built on the campus, housing grades one through six.

At the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year, the program – which now goes through fourth grade – moved into its new 85,000-square-foot home on Pineda.

The former school campus, comprised of land and buildings, is valued at $58,670, per a 2012 Cherokee County Appraisal District appraisal, Wardell said.

“The appraiser will go over the property by looking at the condition of the build, (confirming) the amount of square-footage and other different factors, then he'll base the value on that information,” he explained.

Based on his past experience with appraisal of school property, Wardell estimated that it could take about a month for the appraiser to render his findings. After that, the district will publish first notice of the property for sale in the local newspaper; a second notice will run two weeks after that publication date.

If all goes to plan, the district could begin advertising the property for sale as early as this summer, Wardell said.

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