Wanna Own Davy Crockett? The School, That Is.
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Turns out, though, the district has stepped up its effort to part with the property: Katherine Seale, executive director of Preservation Dallas, reports that the district has planted a sign in front of the property saying that DISD's taking bids on Crockett through June 3. She's delighted and also a little surprised, telling Unfair Park that "over the years they'd contemplated selling it, but I've been told that DISD really does not like to sell schools, especially when they're adjacent to existing schools."
Dahlander's looking into how the bidding process is being handled why the district has decided now's the right time to sell -- though one can guess. We'll update accordingly. And, yes, he acknowledges that there are myriad challenges with the property -- like its historic designation, which limits what can be done to the property (especially its exterior), and its wide halls and small classrooms. "But given the right person with the right vision," he says, "it could work."
Update at 11:10 a.m.: Instructions on how to place bids can be found here. "And there has been some interest in Crockett, so well see what happens," adds Dahlander, who says the board signed off on the sale of the school and 11 other properties a few weeks ago. "Hopefully we find a good buyer."