Oshkosh Area School District Seeks Bids for Former Smith Elementary School

posted Oct 4, 2019, 9:36 AM by Katie Nieman
The Oshkosh Area School District Board of Education is seeking sealed bids for the purchase of the former Smith Elementary School located at 1745 Oregon Street, Oshkosh, WI 54902. The property includes a 32,690 square foot building and 2.32 acres of land. The asking price is $649,000, however, all reasonable offers will be considered. 

Sealed bids will be accepted until Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 4 p.m. and should be submitted to the District to the attention of Sue Schnorr, Executive Director of Business Services, either electronically to susan.schnorr@oshkosh.k12.wi.us with the subject line “Sealed Bid - Smith Elementary School” or by mail/hand delivery to Oshkosh Area School District, Administration Office, 215 S Eagle Street, Oshkosh, WI 54902. A bid opening will take place on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at the OASD Administration Office. Bids become open records upon opening. The Board of Education will award the sale of the property on Wednesday, November 6 during the Board Meeting beginning at 6 p.m. at the OASD Administration Office. A cash deposit of 10% or an irrevocable letter of credit of 10% must be paid to the District within 16 hours of the Board’s acceptance of a bid. Closing will take place within 30 days of the acceptance of the bid.

All bids must be cash bids. Bids containing any financing contingency or other contingencies other than the delivery of a clear title by the School District will be rejected. Additionally, preference will be given to bids that meet the Board’s selling criteria including (1) preserving the integrity of the outside façade of the building, and (2) preserving the historical significance of the building. Interested buyers are asked to submit a proposed plan of use for the building, along with a timeline and proof of financial ability to achieve the plans. The District reserves the right to determine acceptance of which offer, if any, is in the best interest of the District, and to negotiate with any or all offers prior to sale.

The facility will be open to interested buyers for inspection on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 10 a.m. until Noon. For more information contact the District’s Director of Buildings and Grounds, Jim Fochs, at 920.424.4039 or james.fochs@oshkosh.k12.wi.us. 

Smith Elementary School closed at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, due in part to the current state of the school building and concerns related to student and staff safety, impending capital maintenance needs, and enrollment trends. In closing the school, District leaders focused on doing what is best for students. For 124 years, Smith Elementary School had a rich tradition of educating students and serving Oshkosh families, and the District is excited to provide this opportunity to purchase this beautiful historic facility for continued use.