One of two existing Adams Central elementary buildings soon will house county offices.
On Monday, the Adams Central Board of Education approved resolutions for the sale the Wallace Elementary and Adams Central East buildings and properties.
Those two buildings, along with the Juniata Elementary location, are being replaced by a new single-site elementary currently under construction just to the east of the Adams Central Junior/Senior High School.
The $19.7 million bond issue to build the new elementary school was approved by Adams Central patrons in May 2016 after two previous bond attempts failed.
The Wallace Elementary property, which includes a main building and a smaller annex building, all located at 2975 S. Baltimore Ave., were purchased by Adams County for $426,000.
“That’s a very well kept-up piece of property,” said Scott Thomsen, a member of the Adams County Board of Supervisors, in an interview with the Tribune late Monday. “Kudos to the people who have maintained that for so many years. It’s in excellent conditions. When it came available, we didn’t hesitate.”
Thomsen serves as chairman of the building and grounds committee of the county board, which submitted the bid for the county on the property.
Thomsen said the county always is in need of more space for storage and offices. Currently, the county rents office space downtown for the Nebraska Extension Adams County office, which Thomsen said now is planned to move to the Wallace school building.
“The thoughts are at present we will house county extension out there, which would help save the taxpayers money on rent,” he said. “And this would give them more space to do their job effectively.”
He said the building has the space to allow the extension staff to conduct meetings and have classes and puts the staff in closer proximity to the Adams County Fairgrounds, which is located on South Baltimore Avenue just north of U.S. Highway 6/34.
“We’re happy to have it. It’s a perfect fit for us,” Thomsen said. “We’re glad to have it, and we’ll put it to good use.”
With the large size of the main building, Thomsen said, likely other county offices of some sort will be moved out to the Wallace site eventually. All of those ideas still are in the early development phase.
The second property the Adams Central board approved selling Monday was that of Adams Central East, formerly known as District 15, located at 1970 E. 12th St.
The sale was to Dan Michel Enterprises for a total of $36,050, with the sale including the two permanent buildings, two modular buildings and the land.
Transfer of the two properties to the new owners will be on or after Nov. 1.
This is somewhat bittersweet for a lot of people,” said Superintendent Shawn Scott. “Class 1s are what Adams Central was built on.”
He said while the closures are bittersweet, in the end the move to the new central elementary will be a positive for the students of the district.
The district is retaining the Juniata Elementary building and site , which will house the district’s new preschool and alternative education programs.