Sullivan County School Board opts to sell elementary school at auction

Laporte (AP) – In a 5-2 vote last Tuesday, the Sullivan County School Board decided to sell the Turnpike Elementary School building in Mildred through a public auction.

The district will subdivide the property and retain about 3 to 5 acres of the property, including the school’s baseball field.

The district also will retain the gas rights under the 3 to 5 acres.

The remaining 7 to 9 acres of the property, including the school building and the gas rights under the land, will be auctioned.

School board member Tim Nitcznski said the baseball field will be an important asset to the community, as there are few baseball fields in the Mildred area.

The school district closed the Turnpike school three years ago when its elementary school students were consolidated at the Laporte campus.

The school has been on the market for three years, but the district has been unable to sell it.

Those voting to subdivide the property and auction off the school building were Molly Kinsey, Virginia Miller, Kimberly Phillips, Rebecca Ferguson and Nitcznski. Voting against the motion were Darwin Hatch and James Lambert. J. Wilson Ferguson abstained from the vote.