Two school buildings will be sold

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Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News Morgan Elementary School, owned by the School District of Beloit, will be put up for sale.

BELOIT - The School District of Beloit Board of Education voted to put the former Morgan Elementary School, 1811 Lee Lane, and the Roosevelt Building, 1633 Keeler Ave., up for sale at its Tuesday evening meeting.

In an interview after the meeting, board President Pam Charles said the board had discussed the costs related to upkeep. Keeping Morgan maintained since it was vacated had cost a total of $387,274 since 2014, Executive Director Business, Human Resources, and Operations Jo Ann Armstrong said earlier in the meeting.

Morgan Elementary School closed as part of the $70 million facility referendum approved by voters in 2012.

There was a contract dated Aug. 28, 2014 between Beloit Health System and the district allowing the district to build a track on health system property adjacent to Fruzen Intermediate School. As part of that contract the health system was given the right to take ownership of Morgan School, 1811 Lee Lane, at any time.

However, the health system has not exercised that option to date. The contract was signed by Beloit Health System President and CEO Tim McKevett and former Superintendent Steve McNeal.

McKevett said this morning the health system has no immediate plans for the property.

"We will have to evaluate our options under the existing agreement, established to allow us to develop the Morgan school property for the benefit of the community," McKevett said.

The Roosevelt building, or the former Kolak Education Center, is the former junior high school and most recently has been the home of the district administrative offices. It is being vacated after construction of the new $5.5 million Kolak Education Center which houses administrative functions located at Fourth Street and Maple Avenue.

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