Old School Building Will Be Sold to City

CAMERON – The city of Cameron is expected to take over the former Cameron High School from the Marshall County Board of Education this week in a deal that will cost the city $100.

Pending approval from the Marshall County Board of Education at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, the city will become the owner of the building. The former school was declared surplus last month by the school district.

Board members said the city, as well as a church in Cameron, was interested in taking over the complex, which includes the main school building, gym and outer building that housed the cafeteria. Board members also expressed their desire to ensure the building was given to a group or person who could afford to take care of it and not let it become dilapidated.

Calls to the Cameron’s city building regarding the purchase were not immediately returned by city officials Friday, though a meeting of Cameron City Council is scheduled for 6 p.m. today.

Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is the scheduling of proposed levy rates to be submitted to the state tax commissioners and state board of education.

Recently, members of the community, as well as Marshall County Assessor Chris Kessler, have called on the board to lower the rates significantly in the face of a $605 million assessed property value increase for the 2013 tax year. Officials had previously stated that if voters were to pass an excess levy last November, the district would be in better shape to lower the levy rate. That issue passed, receiving more than 60 percent of the vote.