Prescott School Buildings For Sale as District Consolidates with Creston

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PRESCOTT, Iowa — The Prescott School buildings will be on the auction block next week after Prescott and Creston city officials voted in April to consolidate the two districts.

Prescott School Board President Randy Cooper said the district was down to 36 students last year. The district had sharing agreements since the 90s, which sent high school students to neighboring districts. The school had been in operation since then as a pre-school through sixth grade.

“The state is going to close us but we’ve got this chance we can consolidate we can have control over everything yet,” Cooper told people in the Prescott District. “You have to have numbers of kids to pay your bills, or you go over your spending authority."

The school is operating this year, except there are no students, all have been shared to Creston or other districts. State law prohibits a consolidation in the same year as the vote is taken, so the consolidation will take effect July 1.

The sale includes two main buildings and a gymnasium as well as eight acres, a bus barn, track and playground.

“It’s whether someone can come up with a good use for it,” said Dan Kretzinger, whose company will auction off the building and land. “There’s sevent to eight acres ground building on paved road. It’s anybody’s guess what it might bring.”

The building will be sold for $1 or whatever bid is made.

An open house was held Tuesday, and the formal auction sale will be held on site on Wednesday, Feb. 17. Desks, chalkboards and lockers were all sold at an auction last August.

For photos and information on the sale, check the auction company website.

People can also call school board President Randy Cooper with questions at 641-335-2445.