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Zoning change needed to sell Cedar Canyon School

January 9, 2018 GMT

GERING — Gering Public Schools is in the process of selling the building and property of Cedar Canyon Elementary School on Carter Canyon Rd.

The decision to close the country school was made in April of 2017 after enrollment steadily declined.

Accelerated Receivable Solutions in Scottsbluff is buying the property to turn into office space.

Business Services Director for Gering Public Schools Tim Meisner said the sale of Cedar Canyon is not yet final.

“We have accepted the offer from the buyer and right now, we are meeting with the (Scotts Bluff County) planning commission tomorrow night (Jan. 9),” he said. “We need to rezone the property to industrial so that this business can buy it.”

Meisner said he expects the rezoning to be a month-long process going through the planning commission and then county commissioners.

The final offer was a little more than $190,000, Meisner said.

“We did some differing there at the end, I just don’t remember what we settled on as the exact price because they had some repairs they wanted done,” Meisner said. “So we agreed on that.”

Meisner explained why Gering Public Schools closed the school.

“Our enrollment out at Cedar Canyon kept going down and it was not cost effective for us to keep Cedar Canyon open when we had room in town to bring those children in,” Meisner said.

Since the $24 million bond passed in March of 2017, opportunities are popping up and shifting across the district.

“We are going to be moving the freshman academy up to the high school and moving the sixth graders up to the junior high and making that a true middle school,” Meisner said. “That will open more classrooms up in our elementary schools in town. So we don’t see anything in the foreseeable future that we would need that building for.”

Keeping the building would just contribute yearly maintenance costs and other expenses the district didn’t want to keep up with, Meisner said.

The process of changing rezoning the area into an industrial zone will start on Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Building and Zoning Commission meeting. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room in the Scotts Bluff County Administrative Building at 7:30 p.m.