Carroll school trustees may sell building to ease shortfall

SOUTHLAKE -- Carroll school trustees are considering selling the property where soon-to-be-vacant administrative offices sit to help ease some of the district's $3.9 million shortfall.

The board is likely to put the property at 3051 Dove Road in Grapevine up for sale after employees move out of that building to a renovated facility that was formerly the Carroll Middle School building. The Dove Road property houses district administrative offices, including the central office, maintenance and warehouse functions, district spokeswoman Julie Thannum said.

Read Ballew, school board president, said a potential sale of the Dove Road property is a one-time funding move to raise money for a recurring issue -- one that includes uncertainty about any future state funding cuts.

"It's going to be one more step in trying to solve the problem," he said.

Thannum said the district has gotten an appraisal of the Dove Road property, but the amount is confidential by law. The market value of the property is listed as $1,990,104 by the Tarrant County Appraisal District.

The newly renovated facility that will house administration will be at 2400 N. Carroll Ave. in Southlake, and should be open for business in January, according to the district.

Originally, the district discussed keeping the administrative center for warehousing, but the school board and bond advisory committee wanted to explore the possibility of making room for warehousing in the renovated building.

Trustees and school leaders continue to work on long-term and short-term solutions to the shortfall, Ballew said. The sale is one idea out of several they are considering.

In September, voters rejected a 2-cent property tax increase that was described by trustees as one option out of several for reducing the shortfall.

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675

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