UPDATE: Schools for Sale: Huntsville BOE approves selling West Huntsville Elementary

West Huntsville Elementary

West Huntsville Elementary

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The Huntsville Board of Education unanimously voted Thursday evening the sale of West Huntsville Elementary School.

Superintendent Casey Wardynski says the deal will close within the year and the school will receive the full asking and appraised value of $500,000. WHNT News 19 has learned the former school will be transformed into a small start-up technology ‘incubator.’ The name of the local group who will buy the space is West Huntsville LLC.

The money will be put back into the school district’s general fund once the deal closes, Wardynski says.

Also on the agenda for Thursday evening was discussion of another purchase agreement for Stone Middle School. But it was pulled from the table before the meeting. School officials say another last second bid from another party came in and the board needs to review the offer.

Both schools closed in 2009 as part of the system’s consolidation plan.

While school officials say there has been interest in the properties in the past, no one has ever made a serious offer. Now, that appears to have changed.

Stone Middle currently serves as a warehouse center for the system. West Huntsville houses Free 2 Teach, a non-profit teacher supply store. School leaders say they will work with Free 2 Teach to find a new location for the store.