Manatee school board to continue discussion of property sales at Tuesday's meeting

eearl@bradenton.comNovember 19, 2013 

MANATEE -- As the school board continues to grapple with the district's budget it will meet Tuesday to discuss which properties it will declare as surplus and put up for sale.

The Manatee County School Board will meet at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday to make up for missing a meeting on Veteran's day. The regular meeting will be preceded by a workshop at 3 p.m.

where board members will continue the discussion of selling real estate the school district owns.

Properties that could potentially be put up for sale include a 3.8 acre outparcel at Bayshore High School, 5.2 acres at King Middle School, including some of the school's tennis courts, and 1.07 acres at Miller Elementary.

These properties were suggested as surplus in a district report in May.

The school board voted against declaring the King Middle School property and the Bayshore High School property as surplus at a meeting in June.

The full 6.3 acres behind King Middle was valued at $688,831 in 2012.

The school board will also continue the discussion of whether to declare 7 acres on State Road 70 at Braden River High School as surplus.

The school board meeting will follow the new order discussed at the last board workshop and will include updates from the Central Florida School Board Coalition, the legal department, the inter

nal auditor Shinn & Company and instructional services. Updates from these departments will now be scheduled for every meeting.

School board member Bob Gause said the updates at the beginning of each meeting were added to replace the board attorney comments that were at the end of meetings and written updates from the internal auditor.

"It is so we get regular updates about any issues to know what they're doing," Gause said. "It is an informational update so there are no surprises down the road."

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

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