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School Board Rejects Cooke Elementary Bids

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 295

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

The Galesburg School Board will go back to the drawing board to figure out how to sell Cooke Elementary School.

That’s because the board this afternoon voted to reject both of the bids received for the just-closed facility:  one from West Central Community Services Head Start for $200,000, and one from the Galesburg Rescue Mission for just over$279,000.  Both were under the $350,000 minimum bid requirement.

District-205 Superintendent Bart Arthur tells WGIL the district was trying to get the sale done as quickly as possible.

“We’re kind of operating under a little bit of a timeline, because Head Start — who had initially said they were interested — they’re going to lose their lease,” Arthur said.  “So, that was one of the reasons we were trying to hurry it through.  But they were actually the lower bid.”

They declined to be interviewed on air, but Head Start officials told WGIL they are not losing their lease.  Rescue Mission officials declined to comment.

The board will meet again June 23rd to determine how to best proceed.

The District-205 Board this afternoon did approve resolutions calling for the issuance of nearly $20 million in bonds to pay for the construction of a new Silas Willard Elementary School, and a resolution in support of a City of Galesburg proposal to extend the city’s Enterprise Zone past this year’s expiration.