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The Buena Vista School District released a Request for Proposals on September 14, 2021, to potentially sell six surplus properties and use the remaining properties more efficiently.

The district’s goals, defined in a Facility Master Planning process and community meetings in August and September, organized by the Buena Vista School Board, include raising revenue to add space for the growing elementary school population without asking for additional taxpayer dollars. Other goals include contributing to accessible housing for staff and the community’s need for childcare, community economic stability, and retaining the historical integrity of the Administration Building and the Nathrop School House.

The district received multiple proposals for all six properties and is in ongoing negotiations with selected buyers for the building and lots at 623 Main Street as well as the Nathrop School House. The deadline for fully executed contracts is December 18, 2021.

Per School District President, Suzette Hachmann, the board is still discussing contracts regarding other properties and will have more details ready after December 18. The board will also hold a community follow-up meeting on January 10, 2022, to discuss details of the property decisions and to gather public input for their next steps.