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Mid-Del School Board votes to sell two elementaries

The Midwest City-Del City School Board voted unanimously Monday night to sell Sooner Rose Elementary, Traub Elementary and the eastern Oklahoma County district's enrollment building. There was no discussion before the vote, which was taken at a special board meeting.
By Carrie Coppernoll Published: March 1, 2011
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Since the December bond proposal failed, district officials have discussed myriad possibilities to close a funding gap, such as firing 200 teachers or closing schools.

Officials will begin advertising the property for sale today, said Pam Twidwell, assistant superintendent of operations for the district. Board members will review bids April 1 and review them until the following board meeting, which is April 11.

The sale will include several options, Twidwell told the board. For example, bidders can purchase the property outright or buy the property and then rent it back to the school district for a variety of lease lengths.

“There's quite a variance in options for the bidders,” she said.

Sooner Rose Elementary, 5601 SE 15, was built in 1942. About 390 students are enrolled.

Traub Elementary, 6500 SE 15, was built in 1958. About 380 students are enrolled.

The Central Enrollment Center, 2712 S Midwest Blvd., is an office building that houses several district departments, such as enrollment and special education.

After the vote, parents said they felt slighted by the lack of discussion among board members.

Many also were upset that the vote was taken during a special meeting, preventing them from commenting.

Boyer, the district spokeswoman, said the board needed to have a special meeting to jump-start the slow property sale process.

“The main thing is to get the money to save our staff,” she said. “It's not a very quick process to put buildings up for sale.”

If the buildings are sold, the district will save money on operation costs, freeing up cash to pay for teachers, Boyer said.

The next regular board meeting will be March 21, she said.


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