Two bidders seek Leck Kill, Dalmatia buildings
MANDATA - Two bidders are seeking to buy Line Mountain School District's former elementary buildings in Dalmatia and Leck Kill.
Jeremy Strohecker bid $25,100 for the Dalmatia building, and Jamie Reed bid $50,222 for the Leck Kill building, according to Superintendent David Campbell.
The bids were opened Tuesday by district administration. Campbell said the school board could make a decision at its next meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the high school library.
The buildings were closed before the 2013-14 school year as part of district realignment.
Both elementary schools were appraised last year.
Buildings in Trevorton and Mandata were expanded last summer at a combined cost of $3.4 million to accommodate the realignment. Students from kindergarten through fourth grade attend the Trevorton school, now named Line Mountain Elementary School. Fifth-graders and sixth-graders attend class at the middle school, which is an addition to the Line Mountain High School building.
The Dalmatia building at 162 School Road, near Route 147, is 36,000 square feet. It was constructed in 1934, two years after fire destroyed a previous school building. There were 202 students enrolled there at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
Built in 1927, the Leck Kill building at 3664 Old State Road is 13,350 square feet. It had 61 students enrolled in 2012-13.
There were 212 students enrolled for fifth and sixth grades at Trevorton Elementary last school year.
District buildings were approved for renovations in 2007 in part because district residents opposed realignment. The district spent $9.6 million to add a middle school wing at the high school in Mandata in 2009, $7.4 million to renovate Trevorton Elementary School in 2009, and $1.1 million to renovate Leck Kill Elementary School in 2010.
The $6.3 million cost to do the same at Dalmatia proved too expensive to the school board, since the renovation estimate was just $1.7 million less than the cost to build a completely new structure. That led the school board to vote in 2012 to approve realignment.