The Quincy School District is set to purchase Quincy valley School for $1.225 million dollars after the school board approved the transaction during its Aug. 25 meeting.

The district originally offered $1.3 million for the property, but the property was appraised for less, bringing the purchase price down. The money to purchase the school comes from capital funds, some of which were left over from the 2016 bond. The district anticipates the sale will be closed in September, said Superintendent John Boyd.

Quincy Valley School closed at the end of the previous school year after 13 years of operation due to declining enrollment and the uncertainty of the pandemic.

With the purchase of the new facility, the district intends to move the Quincy Innovation Academy there, Boyd said. The district has been exploring options for the innovation academy, currently located at 404 First Avenue SW, and the district’s facilities master plan noted the academy’s need for a facility to better accommodate the program.

“It’s a really well kept facility,” Boyd said. “It’s really move-in ready.”

Prior to QVS coming onto the market, one suggestion for QIA made in the master plan, which was also shared during the meeting, was a high-quality portable classroom set-up with improvements such as covered decking and restrooms.

The facilities master plan also recommended in the short term an expansion of the district’s maintenance shop and developing a solution to bring all district administrative and support staff into a single location to improve operational effectiveness. The current innovation academy building could be a temporary spot for some administrative and support staff, Boyd said.

At this time, the district will keep the current innovation academy building, Boyd said, adding that any options to keep the building or sell it would be brought to the board in the future.

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