THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Business Owners Interested in Former Porterfield School
Issue Date: June 14, 2017
The former Porterfield Elementary School may soon be under new ownership.
The Marinette School District Finance Committee approved a recommendation at a meeting Monday, June 12 to accept an offer of $82,000 from a Porterfield family for the building. The potential suitors, who already own a business, would use it as a storage area.
According to Facilities Director Tom Tickler, the offer came with no contingencies or inspections necessary. Though the listed price for the property is $124,900, the family's initial offer was for $80,000. After the district made a counteroffer of $99,000, the family came back with an offer of $82,000.
Though the offer is well below the listed sale price, Tickler noted that offers are "fairly few and far between." As of now, costs to upkeep the building and property are relatively low.
"We're probably paying $600, $700 a year in electricity and whatever travel time it is for the guys to go plow and mow the lawn," Tickler said. "We have not put any maintenance into the roof or the building itself. If we hold onto it, we will have to do that because it will deteriorate to the point where we can't do anything with it and we'll never be able to sell it as a storage place."
According to Tickler, the option of tearing the building down would run the district somewhere in the neighborhood of $1 million due in large part to the asbestos control that would be necessary to do so.
Though Tickler and the committee acknowledged that it is a tough choice, Board President John LaCourt voiced his support for the sale.
"Personally, I think we need to get rid of it," LaCourt said. "The more it deteriorates, the less we're going to get, and it could come down to nothing."
The recommendation will go before the full board during its next meeting on Tuesday, June 20.
During the meeting, the committee also met with Jason Carrier from Chartwells, the school district's food service provider. As part of his food service report, Carrier focused on the levels of participation in the free lunch program at the district's various schools. According to Carrier, the numbers at Park School and Merryman School are good, while the numbers at Garfield School are a little lower but still decent. However, he noted that only 36 percent of students signed up for the free lunch program at Menekaunee Sunrise Early Learning Center took advantage of it during the month of May.
Carrier stated that this could be due in part to a lack of communication, and they are hoping to reiterate the benefits of the program to parents and families during upcoming open houses.