Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School is not interested in acquiring the Myrtle Hall IV elementary school building on but does have an interest in the Old High School.
The CMSD has been looking to get rid of the Myrtle Hall IV and old Clarksdale High School located on School Street, but the charter school legally had the first right of refusal to both buildings.
Now that Clarksdale Collegiate Public Charter School has said it is interested in the old Clarksdale High School, but not interested in the Myrtle Hall IV elementary school building, the CMSD is moving forward. The Charter School board has not said what they want the old high school building for.
The CMSD board tabled accepting bids for Myrtle Hall IV in order to have the building’s value appraised.
Board attorney Carlos Palmer said the information would be public record in the Coahoma County tax assessor’s office.
“The other alternative would be for the district to obtain the assessed value from the county assessor,” Palmer said.
The Charter School has shown interest in the old high school and CMSD anticipated that.
“We actually approved, to my understanding, an appraisal for Clarksdale High,” said CMSD superintendent Dr. Earl Joe Nelson.
Board member Dr. Bishop Zedric Clayton said bids should not be accepted until Myrtle Hall IV is appraised.
“If that’s the case, if our rejection or acceptance is based on the value, we would have to table it again pending if we decide to get an appraisal,” Clayton said.
He said it was $15,000 to have the old high school appraised.
“If this one (appraising Myrtle Hall IV) is going to be $2,500, I say no,” said board member Joan Morris.
Board president Delores Harris said the CMSD needs to know the value of the building.
“We don’t want to undercut the district,” Harris said.
Clayton talked about different options with getting an appraisal.
“I understand what Ms. Morris is saying,” Clayton said. “If the appraisal is commensurate with the one we received for the first building, Clarksdale High, for him to do a fresh bid was $15,000. The only reason he offered us a $3,000 bid was because they had already done it before and he was just charging us to release the information. But if it’s a fresh appraisal, it’s going to be about $15,000.”
Harris said she believed an appraisal of Myrtle Hall IV was done during former superintendent Dennis Dupree’s tenure.
Following discussion about the different costs for receiving an appraisal, Palmer mentioned the option of going to the County tax assessor.