Staples-Motley School District begins process to close Motley facility

A public hearing is scheduled for April 11.

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STAPLES — The Staples-Motley School Board during their board meeting on March 21 took action to schedule the public hearing date for closing the Motley building.
This meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, April 11, in the District Office, according to a news release from the school district.
The Motley facility last had middle school students in 2019. Early education and a childcare program was housed there until July 2021. In the fall of 2021, all school programs were moved to the Staples campus.

“There are four rationales that led us to this point” Staples-Motley Superintendent Shane Tappe said. “Budgetary/financial, long-term facilities planning, deferred maintenance of the building and challenges related to educational experiences.”

Defered maintenance costs at the time of the referendum topped $9 million. It's estimated that this has risen significantly. The district expects to save significant dollars in annual operating costs (bare minimum heat and utilities) if the board moves forward with closing and selling the building.

Tappe said the district’s attorney has outlined the process to close the building as follows:

  1. Discussion among administrative staff and facility experts.
  2. Discussion among the board, who then schedules a public hearing
  3. Publish notice of the public hearing in the district’s paper of record (Staples World) two weeks prior to the hearing date
  4. Public hearing April 11, followed by a board meeting at which time a resolution would be acted upon to close the Motley building.

The district has completed steps one and two of the process outlined above, with step three being the public notice published in the Staples World, the school district’s newspaper of record.
“There is interest in purchasing the Motley building.” Tappe said, “We have been working closely with our legal counsel to ensure we go through the proper process of closing the building before we consider the sale of the building.”

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