Russell district to sell former board office



Central Office Building in downtown Russell

With a new Russell Independent School District central office at 908 Powell Lane, the district said it will sell its old one pictured above.



RUSSELL Cutting the district’s last ties to downtown, the Russell Board of Education plans to sell its former district office building at 409 Belfonte St.

The district in October moved into new headquarters at 908 Powell Lane in Flatwoods and no longer needs the old building, according to Superintendent Sean Horne.

“The location downtown would be a good commercial property, but not for district use. We’re all in pretty close proximity now and the board wants to unload it and move on,” he said.

The district has three options for selling — closed bids, public auction or sell outright without bids.

The building was recently appraised at $171,500, higher than the board expected, Horne said. The state Department of Education has given the go-ahead to take the first steps to sell the property.

Horne and the board plan to contact potential buyers and will probably take the sealed-bid option, he said.

The building is a holdover from an era when district schools were more widespread; one of its elementaries was adjacent to the old office building, where the Super Quik convenience store is now; others were in Bellefonte and Flatwoods.

The district consolidated its elementaries in the mid-1990s; Russell Primary is in Flatwoods across the street from the high and middle schools. Russell-McDowell Intermediate School also is a few blocks away in Flatwoods.

The move to the new building, which the district remodeled in a $1.2 million project, brings all district administrators under one roof and close to all district schools; the move also freed up classroom space in the primary and intermediate schools.

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