Whitesburg KY

Letcher board hopes to sell old high school to top bidder

The Letcher County Board of Education has decided to take sealed bids to try to sell the old Whitesburg High School campus.

The school board is selling the property “as is” without any warranty. Sealed bids are being accepted until 2 p.m. on Friday, May 1.

Letcher Schools Supt. Tony Sergent, who has shown the property to a couple dozen people in nearly two years, said several individuals have ideas of what to do with the property, but need grant funding to implement plans. Sergent hopes someone will buy the property, restore it and bring it back to its glory.

The English building, science building, annex building and gymnasium became vacant after Fleming-Neon, Letcher and Whitesburg high schools consolidated into Letcher County Central High School during the 2004-2005 school year.

In December 2013, the board agreed to cut off electricity to all four buildings, which total 75,000 square feet. Prior to the board’s decision, the school district had spent about $45,000 each year in electric bills, in addition to fees associated with custodial services and maintenance. The board is still paying nearly $29,000 annually to insure the property.

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