Bidding begins on school property

Published 10:15 am Thursday, November 15, 2012

WINDSOR – The Bertie County Board of Education is proceeding with the sale of two pieces of property that are part of the C.G. White school tract in Powellsville.

During a called meeting Friday afternoon, the board agreed to begin the upset bid process for the C.S. White school property and the C.G. White wastewater plant. They tabled bids for J.P. Law Elementary School in Merry Hill and the Askewville school wastewater plant.

The board accepted an offer of $130,000 for the C.G. White property. The property, which includes over 12 acres, was valued at $125,000. The offer came from Toshia Freeman.

The other bid which was accepted was for the C.G. White wastewater plant. Irvin Ayers offered $32,000 for the property. The property, which includes 35.2 acres, was valued at $45,000.

Superintendent of Schools Elaine White said the offers were close enough she felt the board should move forward. The board accepted her recommendation and voted unanimously to begin the upset bid process.

The two bids will now be advertised in a local newspaper and those wishing to offer more for the property may do so. If a higher bid is received, that bid will also be advertised for upset bid. Once there are no upset bids, the board could choose to sell to the highest bidder.

There was one bid received on the J.P. Law property. That bid was for $35,000 and the board tabled it, saying it was not enough to move forward with the upset process.

A late bid was also received on the Askewville wastewater plant, but the board chose not to act on it either.

The school board began the process of selling the properties in October when Maintenance Director Matthew Bond presented his findings as far as values for the property.

The board decided to advertise the availability of the four parcels and receive bids. Friday’s decisions were the next step in that process.