Corinth continues efforts to dispose of former school properties

town_corinth_greenBy Lena Mitchell

Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The city of Corinth must open bids again for sale of the property that formerly was West Corinth Elementary School.

The board accepted a bid in April from the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission, the sole bidder, to purchase the property for $1,499.

The property was the site of a historic Civil War battle, and the bid notice required that the winning bidder keep use of the property consistent with the property’s historical significance.

The Commission, along with the National Park Service, had expressed interest in acquiring the property several months ago.

A concern that the newspaper advertisement for bids did not run a sufficient number of times prompted the city to void the sale and begin the process again.

Bids on the property will be opened at 10 a.m. May 30.

The property is the second of three parcels formerly used as elementary schools which reverted to city ownership after they were no longer used as schools.

Last month the Easom Outreach Foundation was awarded a long-term lease to the former South Corinth school properly for use as Easom Community Center.

The third property, East Corinth Elementary, has drawn interest from Mississippi Action for Progress to combine its two Corinth Head Start campuses in one location.

MAP Regional Director Deborah Cooper delivered a letter at last week’s city board meeting to Mayor Tommy Irwin from MAP CEO Bobby E. Brown, restating the organization’s interest in acquiring the property.

Brown also requested that the Head Start program be given the same consideration of purchasing the facility at a nominal cost, and facilities would continue to be used for their original educational purposes.

No action has yet been taken on the Head Start request.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com

  • Beauregard Rippy

    The city must REOPEN bids? There was only one bid. Oh, you mean go back out for bids? Well, that’s different.