Frontier Elementary School
Photo by Andy Towle.
In a unanimous vote, the Payson School Board voted to put the former Frontier School site on the market for the bargain price of $1.25 million at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 11.
At the same time, the board voted to sell the former Payson Center for Success building for $130,000.
“The board hopes that now people know what we want it will be easier to give an offer,” said Barbara Underwood, president of the board.
During numerous public meetings the board held to solicit ideas on what to do with the property, applicants repeatedly said they had no idea what the board wanted.
Now they know.
Superintendent Ron Hitchcock said he does not wish to squander scant district resources on being a landlord.
“Regardless of all the offers, we would have still been liable,” he said.
Underwood said that Hitchcock had hosted the public input meetings to give the board a chance to see what was possible.
Once they understood the outstanding responsibilities, continuing cost in time and money to the district of functioning as a landlord, in addition to supporting another entity with public funds, they agreed selling was the best answer.
“We feel as a good steward of the taxpayer’s dollar, you can’t subsidize another entity,” said Underwood.
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