Okoboji School Bd. Sets Date For Public Hearing To Consider Sale Of Middle School Building & Land

Fri 6-15-2018

(Milford)-- The Okoboji School Board earlier this week set July 9th as the date for a public hearing to consider the sale of the middle school building and land. Superintendent Todd Abrahamson tells KUOO news the site, located at the corner of Highway 71 and West Broadway Avenue in Arnolds Park, was appraised in February at $1.1 million. He says an entity has already expressed interest in it...OMS Sale01 

"I can't say who that entity is to this point, but they are, we've been going between our attorneys, the school attorneys, the organization's attorney, to put a purchase agreement together, and that will be linked to our agenda once that's published before July 9th, so people will then see it, but we're working through those processes right now with the purchase agreement. With that said, if there's other entities that are interested in purchasing the middle school, they have an opportunity at the public hearing on July 9th."

Abrahamson says proceeds from the sale will go toward helping buy down the $25 million bond issue voters approved in April.

Meanwhile, Abrahamson says preliminary plans are being drawn up for the roofing projects at the High School and Elementary buildings, which were also part of the project. He says work on the roofs will be done in late August into the fall.

Abrahamson adds the board will meet in special session Monday to consider bids for the elementary playground, also part of the project. Work on that is also scheduled to start in August with completion in early fall.

As far as the new middle school itself, Abrahamson says they're currently in the design phase, which is expected to take about 6 months...OMS Sale02 

"And then once that's done they'll come to the board for approval of all the drawings and then go out to bid, which we're looking around February. It's about four weeks for the bid process, so you'll see kind of that first shovel in the ground early April of 2019. The schedule looks like if everything goes in place, move in would be June of 2020."

Abrahamson says design work on the football field and track will begin in the fall, after the football season is over, with construction on those projects scheduled for late fall into the spring.