GFPS Approves Realtor For Roosevelt Campfire Sale

The Great Falls Public School Board approved the selection of Catalyst Commercial at its September 27 meeting to serve as the real estate agent for the sale of Roosevelt Elementary School and Campfire House.

Catalyst will now develop the timeline for the next steps in the sale, according to GFPS.

Over the summer, council approved the divestiture and surplus of the properties because they were “determined to be obsolete, undesirable or unsuitable for district education purposes,” according to the district.

GFPS Looking For Roosevelt Real Estate Agent For Sale, Campfire Properties

The district also issued a qualification request in August for a real estate agent which was to be applied for on September 13.

Catalyst will be paid from the proceeds from the sale of the property, according to GFPS.

According to state law, funds from the sale of district property must be credited to the debt service fund, construction fund,
general fund, or any other appropriate fund, at the discretion of the Trustees.

GFPS selling Roosevelt Elementary, Campfire House

As part of the $ 98 million facility bond approved by voters in 2016, Giant Springs Elementary School was built to replace Roosevelt, 2501 2nd Ave. N., and served as a temporary school during construction. Roosevelt also served as a distance education center during COVID-19, which interrupted in-person learning for a time and some students switched to distance learning.

“It has been determined that it is no longer suitable for use in the district,” according to the June staff report from Brian Patrick, director of business operations for GFPS.

Patrick said the school board will determine the appropriate fund once the Roosevelt sale is complete.

The Campfire House property was purchased with bond funds with the intention of adding more parking by Great Falls High School, but zoning issues and the costs to create the parking lot halted the project. The district has since worked with the City of Great Falls to use part of Kranz Park to create more parking space near Great Falls High.

Patrick told The Electric that the district has had discussions with its bond attorney regarding the sale of the Campfire building since it was purchased with bond funds. The counsel’s directive was that since the original intention of this purchase was parking, it would be in the best interest of the District to use the funds from this sale for parking.

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Proceeds from the sale of the Campfire house will be used for the new parking lot on the school property next to Memorial Stadium, according to Patrick’s staff report.

A few years ago there were discussions about letting Alliance for Youth use the Campfire building, but according to Patrick the surety lawyer advised against it because it was bought with money as a deposit. specifically for parking.

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