Ironton schools sell Whitwell building

Published 10:49 am Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The former Whitwell Elementary School has been sold. The Ironton City Schools Board of Education approved a contract Tuesday night with Jack Hager for the $125,000 sale of the school.

Hager has put a $25,000 deposit on the building, Superintendent Dean Nance said.

The school, along with Central School, Lawrence Street School, West Ironton School and the district’s board of education headquarters, was put up for auction in July. At the time, no bids were placed on Whitwell.

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The school buildings were replaced by a new elementary and middle school, which opened in the fall.

In addition to the $125,000 for the building, Nance said the district is also saving about $30,000 that it would have had to contribute to the demolition of that building, had the district decided to sell the property as housing lots.

Hager was unable to be reached for comment about how he will use the property.

In other business, the Ironton City Board of Education also:

Voted to approve the use of up to $4,000 to finish the transfer of a part of the West Ironton School property.

Part of the property had not been recorded as having been transferred to the district.

“There’s evidence that the property was transferred, but there is no evidence that it was ever recorded with the auditor’s office,” Nance said. “What this means is there’s either going to be some extensive work done to go back, advertise and try to get a title for this partial that we do not have the title for, or we can possibly negotiate a price where the new buyer takes on that responsibility.”

Board member John Wolfe abstained from the vote.

Presented a plaque to Jerry Rowe for his service on the board.

Tuesday marked Rowe’s last board meeting. He had been a member of the board since 2005.

A similar plaque will also be presented to Bob Vaughn, who was absent from the meeting Tuesday. Tuesday would have also been Vaughn’s last meeting.