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Sonora school building sold

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No official plans for future of structure

By Kelly Cantrell

The City of Sonora will purchase the former Sonora Elementary School building. The Hardin County School Board voted May 21 to sell the building that formerly housed Sonora Elementary to the town government.

Sonora placed two bids for the building, one for $43,000 that would be paid at the closing of the deal, and one for $45,000 that would be paid in $15,000 increments. The School Board unanimously chose the $43,000 bid.

The building was declared surplus property for the district by the Kentucky Department of Education. Sonora Elementary, along with Upton Elementary School, were replaced with Creekside Elementary School in 2005. The city has been interested in the building since the HCS board voted to advertise for bids in late winter.

City Commissioner Claudia Thurman said no official decision about what the city will use the building for has been made, but Thurman was excited that the city was able to purchase it. “It is Christmas early as far as I’m concerned,” Thurman said. Sandra K. Powell also made a bid of $20,196.72 for the building.

These were the second round of bids for the building. The HCS board had rejected all of the bids they first received in March, including a bid from the City of Sonora.