The Wichita Falls Independent School District Board of Trustees declared the vacant Alamo Elementary and Holland School buildings surplus at Tuesday’s special session, which means the district can now sell the structures.
“We abandoned Holland several years ago and we just use it for some storage,” superintendent Michael Kuhrt said. “And we left Alamo two years ago, because we didn’t feel those were instructional facilities we wanted to use anymore.”
As a school board, declaring a building surplus means they do not have an instructional need for the building. This legally allows the district’s board to sell the vacant buildings.
“If we get — depending on what people offer us for those properties — we will either sell it to them or we might reject the bids and go out for bids again to give people another opportunity to bid on them again. Or if we still don’t like the bids we are getting — we still might consider demolishing of the buildings,” Kuhrt said.
The facility committee recommended demolishing the buildings several months ago, but there has been strong community interest in saving the buildings. A nearby resident said she hopes the building becomes a community center for children.
The buildings will go out for bid within the next few weeks, according to Kuhrt. The district plans to sell them, while keeping Alamo’s gym for community groups and sports.