NEOGA (JG-TC) -- The Neoga school board voted Thursday evening to temporarily table its vote on authorizing the public sale of the former elementary school building.

District Superintendent Ben Johnson said the board is now scheduled to consider the public sale proposal at its next meeting, Feb. 8. The former elementary school building is located at 641 W Sixth St., near Jennings Park.

The district closed the elementary school building in May 2015 as part of budget cuts and subsequently moved the students from there to the middle school building, adjacent to the high school, on the east side of town. In the meantime, the district opened up the former school building for leasing. School officials have said the district is interested in getting out of the leasing business and wants to sell the building.

"The board's decision to table the sale of the building is to further consider the options as this is a big decision dealing with a district asset," Johnson said.

In other matters, the board approved a five-year lease contract for five buses from Midwest Transit Equipment of Kankakee. The new lease contract is scheduled to begin in July, after the district's current contract with Midwest Transit Equipment expires.

"The board chose Midwest Transit Equipment because they met all of our specifications and they are a trusted entity in the school transportation industry. Our lease payment will be $12,145 per bus annually for five 2019 buses," Johnson said. The board also considered bus proposals from  Midwest Bus Sales of Litchfield and Central States Bus Sales of Fenton, Mo.

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