3rd elementary school sold at auction

The selling of the former Round Hills Elementary School, 136 Grimesville Road, Thursday night by the Williamsport Area School District caps its recent string of auctions of former elementary school buildings in the few weeks, with Round Hills bringing the district $520,000.

Lawrence and Lance Stopper placed the winning bid on the former school during the auction by Roan Inc.

The property’s winning bid came in just under $100,000 above the reserve price of $423,000 that was placed on the property.

After the auction, Lawrence Stopper said he wouldn’t decide what he would do with the property until speaking with township officials to check on restrictions. He added that he would like to have a plan in place for the former school “as soon as possible.”

He said the condition of the building was a selling point for him.

“Of the three buildings – the three schools buildings being auctioned off – it’s the newest one,” Stopper said. “We really like the location.”

There were six bidders on the property, with an opening bid of $200,000.

The Round Hills building is nearly 40,000 square feet and sits on about 8 acres.

This is the third former school building the district has sold by auction in recent weeks.

The district auctioned off the former Woodward Elementary School property, 5933 N. Route 220, Linden, for $220,000 and the former Sheridan Elementary School, 915 Sheridan St., for $435,000.

With the selling of the Round Hills property, the district has made a total of $1.175 million from the three auctions.

Round Hills is the newest building of the three that were auctioned off. It also was the largest building.

With the conclusion of the auctions, district officials said they were pleased with how the auctions went and that all properties sold.

David Stone Jr., school board member, said that he was pleased that each of the three buildings were purchased by community members that will be sensitive to the needs of the community.

Dr. Don Adams, district superintendent, added that it always was the goal that the buildings be repurposed by a new owner.

Lori Baer, board president, also noted that the sale of the three buildings have increased the district’s tax base.

Round Hills and Sheridan were closed in June as the school district underwent a grade reconfiguration.