The Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School Board has tacked a time frame onto the demolition of a derelict school building, making the decision during a  meeting Tuesday.

Although the sale already has gone through, the board in its legal advertisements asserted that the approved bidder, who turned out to be Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Money, would remove the building within a reasonable time.

So the board decided to say what it considers reasonable, giving the church six months to clear the 9 acres that once was the site of Wilkes School, which has been unoccupied for decades.

Board member Randy Clark was concerned that the church might move slowly with removal and wanted the board to give the church until February. “If these folks are going to sit on their hands and do nothing, we have a liability problem,” he said.

But another board member, Antwoine Williams, asked, “How are we liable if it is sold?”

Mount Calvary was the high bidder with a $7,500 offer. The other bidder, Bobby Norwood, offered $2,500. In September, he had asked the board to sell him the property. He wanted to construct a tower there to serve wireless internet customers.

The board asked its attorney, Kelvin Pulley, to write the church a letter informing it of the time limit.

The board also received bids for 16th Section agricultural leases but accepted none because Mike Ainsworth, the district’s 16th Section land consultant, advised that if any of the bids had more than one bidder, then an auction exclusively among the bidders must be held. Each of the pieces that had been advertised for bids had at least two bidders. The auction will be at 9 a.m. Monday at the school district’s central office on Howard Street.

The board accepted a list of donations, including $50,000 from the Scruggs Management Services Inc. to support the “kidzeums” planned for Threadgill Primary School and Gilliam Head Start Center, which are part of a collaborative. Kidzeums generally include interactive displays. The money will be used for materials and supplies and for the renovation of a shop area at the primary school.

Also making donations were 13 girls, $195, the Threadgill Elementary PTO, $150, and Decell Methodist women, $180, all for the purchase of Chromebooks; Walmart, which gave $1,000 each to Claudine Brown Elementary School, Amanda Elzy Junior High School, Davis Elementary School and Threadgill Elementary School; the office of District Attorney Dewayne Richardson, $250, for the athletic program at Leflore County High School; and the Beta Rho Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, $350 to support academics.

Samantha Milton, board president, announced that the board in January would add a place for “public comments” to its agenda.

The board conducted its annual evaluation of the district’s superintendent during a closed session. Milton reported that Dr. Mary Brown earned high marks.

Contact Susan Montgomery at 581-7233 or smontgomery@gwcommonwealth.com.

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