Atwood-Hammond school to be demolished

Atwood-Hammond school to be demolished

The Atwood-Hammond School Board has decided its high school building will be demolished. The decision came Wednesday after the district received no bids for the property. The minimum bid had been set at $130,000.

The school district officially annexes into Arthur-Lovington on July 1. High school students will attend at Arthur, while those through eighth grade will remain in Atwood.

Board members did approve the sale of the separate high school agriculture shop building to Roger Harris of Harris Electric in Atwood for $100,000. He was the only one to submit the minimum bid for that two-acre property.

"There were no bids for the property the high school sits on, and the board decided to proceed with the process of demolishing the property, and auction it at a later date," said Atwood-Hammond Superintendent Kenny Schwengel.

He said the goal is to get a contract signed for demolition by July 1.

With the upcoming merger, Schwengel said the board wanted "to take responsibility for the high school before the district officially dissolves."

Demolition may not occur this summer, so the check for demolition will likely come from the combined Arthur-based district. But the ag shop proceeds and other fund balances from A-H should help foot the cost.

The Atwood-Hammond high school building — which dates to 1918 — needs "close to half-a-million dollars of work," said Schwengel, so it was not a big surprise there were no bids for it. Repairs needed include masonry, windows, wiring and possibly the roof.

Schwengel said it will likely be April before a timeline is known on the demolition.

The school board also donated the baseball field on the east end of the high school property to the village of Atwood.


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