The Greenwood Leflore Consolidated School Board has decided to advertise for bids to buy or lease the property of a former school site in Money.

The property includes the vacant Wilkes School, which was closed in 1980 due to declining enrollment. The property is not 16th Section land.

Specifications of the resolution, passed during a special called meeting Thursday, include the demolition of the school and the removal of the debris.

The resolution also authorizes  getting a detailed legal description including an accurate acreage count from a surveyor of the property.

As required by law, the school district must run advertisements soliciting bids for three consecutive weeks in a local paper before making any action.

Assuming ads are published immediately in the Commonwealth, the board would like to consider bids on Nov. 4 at its next meeting.

In early September, Bobby Norwood, owner of Mobile Communications, approached the board, saying that he’d like to lease or purchase the property in order to build a small tower for his internet business. He told the board that he would need a decision by Nov. 1.

Board member Randy Clark said there’s a possibility Norwood may no longer be interested in leasing or purchasing the property since no action can be taken before Norwood’s Nov. 1 deadline.

The school board also approved amended fiscal year 2019 budgets for the former Greenwood and Leflore County school districts.

Kellia Washington, the consolidated school district’s finance director, said the budgets needed to be approved prior to Oct. 15 in accordance with the law.

The information will be sent to the Mississippi Department of Education.

The board also went into executive session to discuss job performances and professional competence, board attorney Kelvin Pulley said.

Contact Gerard Edic at 581-7239 or

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