NEOGA (JG-TC) -- The Neoga school board is scheduled to vote next month on placing the former elementary school building on the market.

Superintendent Ben Johnson said the board held a discussion at Thursday's meeting on the school district's future use of this building, 641 W. Sixth St., located near Jennings Park. He said the board decided to place a resolution to sell the building on the agenda for its Dec. 14 meeting.

If the board votes to sell the former elementary school, Johnson said the district will publish public notices with information about the sale and seek sealed bids for the purchase of this property. He said board would then vote on approving the winning bid at its Jan. 11 meeting.

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.

Johnson said student enrollment has leveled off, so the two school buildings on the east side are sufficient to meet the district's needs. Consequently, the board is considering selling the former elementary school building and getting out of the leasing business.

"The board really doesn't want to be a landlord," Johnson said.

The district has been leasing the former elementary school building to Quality Network Solutions, Inc. President Mel Workman of Sullivan. He is senior minister of First Christian Church in Neoga.

First Christian is holding church services at the former school while its church facility is under construction and has hosted a variety of ministry programs there. The former school building also is home to the Community Clothesline clothing ministry, the Neoga community food pantry, the Strong Beginnings preschool, and the Project HELP preschool program that serves the Neoga district.

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