West. Dbq. Holding Public Hearing on Potential Sale of Bernard Elementary

The Western Dubuque School Board is holding a public hearing tonight on the potential sale of one of the district’s school buildings.

Bernard Elementary closed over a year ago due to low enrollment. After undergoing an enrollment study and a capacity study, the district determined that the school building didn’t fall into the district’s plans for the foreseeable future. So, they advertised for bids for the sale of the property, which includes the building and just over three acres of land. Four bids came in, with the highest bid for just over 41-thousand dollars from a KSSB Trust.

The district isn’t sure what the bidder’s plans are for the building, but Mark Frasher from Western Dubuque tells KMCH any sort of productive use is better than having a deteriorating vacant building for both the school district and the Bernard. Maintenance could cost upwards of 20-thousand dollars per year if the school district kept the building.

At their meeting last month, the Western Dubuque School Board voted to accept the bid and tonight they will hold a public hearing on the sale. Tonight’s meeting starts at 6 pm in the board room of the Administrative Office in Farley.

Other area meetings tonight include the West Delaware School Board meeting at 6 pm and the Cascade City Council meeting at 6 pm.