Manatee School Board to vote to reject offer for property

eearl@bradenton.comOctober 26, 2013 

MANATEE -- The Manatee County School Board plans to vote Monday night to reject an offer of $247,500 to purchase the former Parent information Center.

The offer was made by New York-based company Swift Enterprises LLC.

Calls to the title manager of Swift Enterprises, LLC and registered agent, Bradenton attorney Robert Greene of Greene. Hamrick, Quinlan, Schermer & Esposito, P. A. were not returned Friday.

Jane Dreger, the school district's director of capital projects, said the board is voting to reject the single offer on the property because it is one-third of the property's appraised value. Dreger said the recommendation to reject the offer was made by a collective group from purchasing and capital projects as well as executive planner Mike Pendley.

The school board approved the property, a 5,280-square-foot office building on .78 acre at 234 Manatee Ave. E., for surplus in February 2009.

The Parent Information Center was used for school registration and provided parents with information about school choice, charter schools, magnet schools and home schooling.

The property was appraised by Michael Saunders & Company in April at $840,000.

The school board has tried to sell the Parent Information Center in the past, but declined offers that were too far below the appraised

value.

School board member Bob Gause said if the board votes to reject Swift Enterprises' offer, it will continue to leave the property on the market.

"The superintendent built the budget with the expectation of $3-$4 million in property sales," Gause said. "The budget that was submitted includes the sale of properties, so there is some urgency around this fiscal year."

The district is also selling 1.7 acres at 816 Leffingwell Ave. in Ellenton. The property was once home to Ellenton School.

The district has yet to receive an offer on that property.

Erica Earl, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081.

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