COLUMBUS (WCMH) — The Columbus City School District has purchased the former headquarters of the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow.
The district’s final bid was $3,155,500. With fees included, the district will spend a total of 3,471,050 on the South High Street building.
The district says purchasing the 138,000 square foot building will allow the district to consolidate several business functions that are currently spread out across several buildings.
“This is a solid investment in the future operations of Columbus City Schools,” said Board of Education President Gary L. Baker, II. “My colleagues recognize that the amount paid for the property is far less than what would be needed to build new administrative space or refurbish existing space to better maximize District resources.”
“When we can save dollars and better maximize the public resources we’ve been given on the operations side of our business, then there are more resources we can devote to educating our more than 51,000 students and to updating and maintaining our school buildings,” added President Baker.
The district expects to close and sell several existing administrative sites and move those operations to the new building.
The total sale of those older properties would likely exceed the amount paid for the ECOT property, the district said. Closure and sale of facilities on 17th Avenue and Hudson Street alone could generate an estimated $6.1 million for the district.