Former Cameron High School Sale Delayed

The city of Cameron will have to wait at least another week before officially taking over the former Cameron High School.

During a a meeting of the Marshall County Board of Education on Tuesday, board member John Miller made a motion to postpone selling the building to the city for $100. The building was recently declared surplus by the district after classes were moved to the recently opened Cameron High and Middle School complex.

Miller said he was not comfortable approving the sale until district officials could confirm any materials or equipment inside the building are not needed by the district or can be sold as surplus.

“If we don’t need it, could it be auctioned off?” Miller asked fellow board members, specifically citing shop equipment. “County tax money bought and paid for that equipment.”

Marshall County Schools Superintendent Fred Renzella said officials at other schools in the district were given several opportunities to walk through the building and take anything they could use in their buildings. Additionally, Renzella said facilities personnel have spent several hours in the building determining what is valuable and what isn’t. Still, he and Assistant Superintendent Wayne Simms said a final walk-through could be conducted within the next week.

However, other board members said they did not feel a final walk-through was needed, including Tom Gilbert.

“I don’t see what is going to change in a week,” he said.

Gilbert, Miller and board President Roger Lewicki voted to delay the sale until the March 26 meeting of the board, while members Beth Phillips and Lori Kestner cast no votes on the motion to delay. Officials said they expected Cameron city officials to be on hand for the March 26 meeting to share their plans for the school building and surrounding grounds.