Ridge School up for auction PDF Print E-mail
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor   
Saturday, 31 August 2013 08:49
Bowling Green's Ridge Elementary School will go on the auction block Sept. 30.
Wilson Auction and Realty will conduct the sale, which will start at 4:30 p.m. at the site located at 225 Ridge St.
The school board Friday unanimously approved the action.
The school, which closed at the end of May as a cost-cutting measure for the school district, was in use since 1931.
By law, the district first offered to sell the building to a charter school or government entity.
Superintendent Ann McVey said Friday that Bowling Green State University officials did a walk-through of the building but ultimately decided it would not fit their needs.
McVey speculated the location of the school piqued the university's interest.
The 16,320-square-foot building sits on 3.35 acres and includes playground equipment.
The board is selling the property in as-is condition with no warranties.
Equipment in the building, and selling separately, includes an electric kiln, warming table, food storage rack, folding lunch tables, milk cooler, two Kincaid pianos, washing machine, file cabinets, stacking chairs, refrigerator, metal and wood book cases, school desks, media carts, overhead projectors, fans and office chairs.
The board retains the right to accept or reject the highest bid for the building.
Closing the school will save the district about $201,000 annually.
The site is currently zoned S-3, planned institutional.
A change of use of the property would require a zoning change that would need approval by the city's planning commission and city council.

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