Highlands to sell former Fawn elementary school
Highlands School District is looking to sell its former elementary school in Fawn.
The district set $500,000 as the lowest acceptable bid, which was based on an appraisal of the property, according to school board President Debbie Beale.
Beale said the difference between the county’s assessed value and the value determined by the appraisal could be due to the property being zoned residential and its nonconforming, grandfathered use as a school. She questioned the accuracy of the county’s value, noting the building and property need work, including a new roof and paving.
“When was the last time anyone from the county came and looked at it?” she said.
Beale could not say when bids are due.
As a support center, the building housed the district’s partial hospital and alternative education programs.
District officials said the alternative education program will be moved to the high school. The school board voted to end the partial hospital program, which served students with mental health issues.
Beale said the district will keep a concrete turtle sitting in front of the school. The turtle was moved to Fawn from the former Birdville school in Harrison, where it was part of the playground there. The Birdville school closed in 1989 and now is home to Citizens Hose fire company.
The turtle could be moved to one of the district’s elementary schools in Tarentum or Brackenridge, Beale said.
Beale said “Kids Kountry,” the large playground structure that sits behind the school, would be sold as part of the property.
The playground dates to at least 1991, according to a plaque honoring its contributors and donors affixed to the school building.
Brian C. Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, [email protected] or via Twitter .