Woodstock School District 200 will sell its administrative office building on Judd Street, a move which follows one of the recommendations from a committee formed to review the district’s use of building space.
Board members voted unanimously Dec. 12 to sell the building at 227 W. Judd St. which houses offices for district-level administrators and other employees.
The building will be listed at a minimum bid price of $540,000.
As part of its proposal to save money and better use space in the face of declining student enrollment, the district’s Facilities Review Committee in April voted to suggest selling the administrative building and ending a lease on an office annex across the street. Other recommendations included closing or repurposing Dean Street Elementary School and creating mono- and dual-language schools, the latter of which was subsequently rejected by district leaders.
The annex lease ended in September and was not renewed.
“This decision was among the most attractive ones for us because it has no impact on students,” Superintendent Mike Moan said in a press release.
Empty space in Woodstock North High School will be renovated for use as administrative offices. The district estimates renovation costs at the high school will total $150,000.
The 6,481-square-foot administrative building was constructed in 1974, according to the district. It was purchased by District 200 in 1988 for $365,000.
District officials expect the sale of the administrative building and the elimination of the annex lease to save a combined total of about $132,000 a year.
The Illinois School Code requires the district to publish a legal notice to bid for three consecutive weeks. District officials must accept any offer that meets or exceeds the minimum bid price.
If there are no acceptable bids, the board could choose to hire a real estate agent to sell the building, according to the district.