Plans have been put in motion for the previous Dodge City USD 443 administration building, located at 1000 N. 2nd Ave.

Construction for the new facility, going in the Dodge City Civic Center parking lot, began in January this year and the USD 443 Board of Education recently voted on a proposal path for the current building.

USD 443 BOE voted 7-0 to follow the path proposed by District Administration and Board Attorney Clayton Kerbs to put forth a plan that best suits the community.

According to USD 443 public information officer Kerri Baker, the school district will issue a Request for Proposal making the public aware that the building will be available for occupancy around July 2020.

"This RFP will include notice to potential buyers of known building deficiencies," Baker said. "Interested parties will be requested to provide a comprehensive plan and proof of financial ability to rectify the defects.

"The Board will evaluate all responses for a viable sale."

If in that time no proposals are received, the school district will issue another RFP, and if no bids are received again, the school district will list the building for sale.

"If there is not a suitable buyer, the board will consider demolition or donating the building," Baker said. "Before demolition, the school district could recycle and repurpose as much of the building as possible."

The decision for a new location stemmed from the age and condition of the current building as well as safety issues and health concerns.

The estimated date and opening for the new administration building will be August 2020.

Estimated cost for the new project came in at $16,106,363.

Any interested parties that would like to schedule a tour of the current administration building can contact Baker at the public information office at 620-371-1023 or email baker.kerri@usd443.org.

Contact the USD 443 Business Operations Office at 620-371-1001 for information concerning the building's condition.

 

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