SIKESTON -- The Morehouse Elementary school building is once again the property of the city where it resides.
Sikeston R-6 School District and city of Morehouse officials completed the property transfer through a quitclaim deed at the close of the school board's regular monthly meeting Tuesday at the board office. Quitclaim deeds transfer or "quit" any interest in real estate property from one entity to another.
"We felt like the city would make the best use of the facility," said Sikeston R-6 School Board President Scott Crumpecker. "There's also the emotional attachment by the city to the building."
In June the R-6 School Board voted to close its Morehouse school building due to budgetary reasons.
Crumpecker noted the deed includes restrictions, such as the building can't be open as a school and the building has to be used for public purposes.
"We wanted to let the public know the real estate transfer was finalized (at the close of the regular meeting)," Crumpecker said.
Crumpecker noted a legal notice ran multiple times in the Standard Democrat, and Board Secretary Pete Burns noted there were no objections.
The district had leased the building at no cost to the city of Morehouse, which has housed its city personnel since the city hall was damaged from spring floods.
Morehouse Mayor Pete Leija said with the success of the real estate transfer on Tuesday, now the city hall will likely be permanently housed at the school building.
"We will move the police department into the old city hall because its current location is not as cost effective," Leija said. "The grade school portion of the property could be developed into assisted living and I hope to lease out other portions of the property."
For example, a daycare could be housed in one of the rooms, the mayor said.
"I'm glad it went back to the way it once was," Leija said of the district's decision to transfer the real estate to the city of Morehouse.
In other business Tuesday -- during its regular meeting --the Board approved filing dates for the April 3, 2012, election. Filing begins at 8 a.m. Dec. 13 and ends at 5 p.m. Jan. 17 at the office of board secretary Rice P. Burns, 733 N. Main St. in Sikeston. Board members whose three-year terms will expire are Toni Kellett and Jill Hopson.
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