With relatively no discussion the Yellow Medicine East School Board approved the sale of the former H.A. Hagg Elementary in Clarkfield to Meadville, Missouri property investor, George Duncan.
Duncan was the lone bidder during an auction of the building that closed last Wednesday. The $6,100 sale excludes Hauge Memorial Field.
Duncan has a history of bidding on vacated school properties, at times turning around and finding another buyer to purchase the buildings and in other instances refurbishing the properties for apartments or other uses. Before deciding which course of action to take, the property investor plans to visit the site in the coming weeks.
"He'll be coming up in a couple weeks," said Clarkfield EDA Director Gene Wenstrom. "I am cautiously optimistic. He seems like a knowledgeable person. I think there is some potential for some positive things that could develop from him being there."
During a conversation preceding the school board vote, Duncan said he had no intention of taking personal action that would be of detriment to the property.
"I would keep the integrity of the school. It is not going to be stripped or gutted ... it will be well taken care of," he said.