GFPS Looking For Real Estate Agent For Sale In Roosevelt, Campfire Properties
Great Falls Public Schools are divesting the former Roosevelt Elementary School and the Campfire property.
The school board voted on June 28 to approve the transfer and surplus of these properties and at the school board meeting on August 9, the board will consider issuing a request for qualifications for a real estate agent to assist the district. to sell these properties.
GFPS selling Roosevelt Elementary, Campfire House
The quote request will be available on the GFPS website and notified in accordance with state law.
Proposals will be due by September 13 at the latest.
The eventual sale will be made by the selected real estate agent who will be paid from the proceeds of the sale of the properties.
According to state law, funds from the sale of district property should be credited to the debt service fund, construction fund,
general fund, or any other appropriate fund, at the discretion of the Trustees.
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As part of the $ 98 million facility bond approved by voters in 2016, Giant Springs Elementary School was built to replace Roosevelt, 2501 2nd Ave. N., and served as a temporary school during construction. Roosevelt also served as a distance learning center during COVID-19, which interrupted in-person learning for a while and some students switched to distance learning.
“It has been determined that it is no longer suitable for use in the district,” according to the June staff report from Brian Patrick, director of business operations for GFPS.
Patrick said the school board will determine the appropriate fund once the Roosevelt sale is complete.
The Campfire House property was purchased with bond funds with the intention of adding more parking by Great Falls High School, but zoning issues and the costs to create the parking lot halted the project. The district has since worked with the City of Great Falls to use part of Kranz Park to create more parking space near Great Falls High.
Patrick told The Electric that the district has had discussions with its legal counsel regarding the sale of the Campfire building since it was purchased with bond funds. The counsel’s directive was that since the original intention of this purchase was parking, it would be in the best interest of the District to use the funds from this sale for parking.
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Proceeds from the sale of the Campfire house will be used for the new parking lot on the school property next to Memorial Stadium, according to Patrick’s staff report.
A few years ago there were discussions about letting Alliance for Youth use the Campfire building, but according to Patrick the surety lawyer advised against it because it was bought with money as a deposit. specifically for parking.