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July 1, 2013

Former Travis Elementary property going out for bids again

GREENVILLE — The Greenville Independent School District hopes the third time is the charm, as it is again putting the former Travis Elementary School up for sale.

After twice being unable to find a buyer for the property at 3005 Division Street, Assistant Superintendent Bruce Shores said the district is again seeking bids on the site.

“We’re advertising it this week,” Shores said, noting the ads are scheduled to appear in the classified section of this weekend’s Herald-Banner. “This is the third time we have put it out for bid.”

The district had previously sought sealed bids on the site, first with a minimum bid of $75,000 and then with a minimum bid of $70,000, but did not receive a single offer.

“I’ve shown the property two or three times,” Shores said.

This time around, there are no minimum bids attached to the sale.

Shores said the district will be showing the property by appointment only.

“And at the end of July, we will have a bid opening,” Shores said, after which the bids which are received will be presented to the district’s board of trustees for consideration.

Travis Elementary School was consolidated with the Greenville Sixth Grade Center at the start of the 2010/2011 school year.

“The reason we did that, really, was to save money,” Shores said. “The district was able to save almost a quarter of a million dollars a year. A lot of it was in personnel costs alone.”

District officials say there are no immediate plans to build another elementary, as the situation with the two schools sharing the one campus at 3201 Stanford Street is working well.

Superintendent Don Jefferies has said if the district does need to build an elementary school in the future, there is land available near the Hunt Regional Medical Center.

Anyone interested in submitting a bid, or who may want additional information about the sale, can contact the district’s Chief Financial Officer, David Carter, at 903-408-4419.

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