News and Tribune

October 3, 2012

Sold: Clarksville Schools sells GRC property


CLARKSVILLE — A resolution to sell the former George Rogers Clark Elementary School was unanimously approved by the Clarksville Community Schools board of trustees at a special meeting Tuesday night.

Pending final paperwork, the district will sell the building to Safe Harbour Community Church for $189,900 — just more than one fifth of the property’s appraised value of $865,000.

The resolution read by Kim Knott, superintendent, says the church made the only offer on the property after it was listed in June 2011.

After the meeting, Knott said though the district isn’t getting its asking price, she’s glad to see the sale on its way to finalizing.

“We know that what properties are assessed at and what they’re selling for are two completely different things,” Knott said. “It’s kind of bittersweet. It’s a building that’s been in this corporation since 1899.”

She said she understands the community’s concern about who would move into the facility, but feels confident about selling it to Safe Harbour.

“But I believe this is a win-win for the corporation,” Knott said. “This is an excellent group with an excellent philanthropic record and they will bring good deeds to this community.”

Bill Wilson, board president, said after the meeting he was also glad to find a buyer after not having much luck.

“After a year, I’m glad we finally have a sale,” Wilson said. “A property is only worth what you can get.”

Knott said the buyers still want to inspect the building’s heating, air conditioning and ventilation units before closing on the sale and the district wants to remove some of its property.

But she said they’re on an aggressive timeline to close the deal. Knott said she hopes everything’s finished on the sale by mid-November.

She said the district would send a notice to the real estate company, Schuler Bauer Real Estate Services, on Wednesday to begin the closing process.

After the special meeting was adjourned, the board began its planning session, in which it did not vote on anything but looked at what board members could expect at the next meeting Oct. 9.

The board will hear some change orders on its roofing project at Clarksville Elementary School, including the possibility of installing a new roof over its lunchroom at a cost of $77,250.

The board will also take a closer look at a feasibility study on turning the Value City building into a New Tech facility for the district.

Also, the board will consider purchasing a new student management system, which will monitor grading and attendance among other functions. The board will consider purchasing software from an Indiana-based company, Logic Key Inc., for their product Harmony,a student management system.

Bobby Crane, technology director, said the software came in much lower than two other competitors, and also costs less to renew from year to year. He also said the product has many other advantages and works for a corporation the size of CCSC.