Education

Wichita district OKs sale of two more schools

Wichita school board members approved a contract for the sale of the former Blackbear Bosin Academy at 6123 E. 11th St.
Wichita school board members approved a contract for the sale of the former Blackbear Bosin Academy at 6123 E. 11th St. File photo

The Wichita school board on Monday approved contracts for the sale of two more vacant school buildings.

Board members voted 4-0 to sell Blackbear Bosin Academy – the former Price Elementary at 6123 E. 11th St. – to Cook Construction for $500,000.

They also gave the green light to the sale of the former Gateway Alternative School, 640 N. Emporia, to 300 Murdock LLC for $225,000.

The vacant school buildings are two of six surplus properties the district put up for sale in April.

Last month, the board approved contracts for the sale of two properties: the former Metro-Meridian Alternative High School at Maple and Meridian for $275,000, and about 17 acres of land adjacent to Jackson Elementary School, 29th Street North and Woodlawn, for $750,000.

Blackbear Bosin Academy, a former alternative middle school, was built in 1956 and closed in 2011. It sits on about 6.5 acres in a residential neighborhood southwest of 13th and Woodlawn.

Gateway Alternative, formerly Metro-Midtown Alternative High School, was built in 1916 and closed last year, when the Gateway program moved to the former Emerson Elementary.

With the approval Monday of the latest contracts, that leaves two district properties yet to be sold: Longfellow Elementary, 2116 S. Main; and Metro-Boulevard Alternative High School (formerly Willard Elementary), 751 S. George Washington Blvd.

A broker handling the sales for the district said recently that there has been enough interest in the remaining properties that he plans to handle them by private treaty rather than auction.

School district officials had recommended that three of the schools – Gateway, Longfellow and Metro-Boulevard – be sold at auction.

Suzanne Perez Tobias: 316-268-6567, @suzannetobias

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