Phil Drake of Drake Software currently holds the highest bid for the old Cartoogechaye school property, with a bid of $272,420.
The old Cartoogechaye school was considered surplus in October 2007 after a new school was built. A local farmer, Wayne Moss, started the bidding process with a bid of $235,000 and the intention of using the property for tomato fields. County Commissioners voted to bid on the school just before the 10-day “upset period” was set to expire, upsetting the original bid with a $259,400 bid.
The county’s interests in the property involved converting the old school site into a recreational park equipped with two softball fields and a concession stand. Moss quickly submitted an upset bid, at which point the commissioner's decided against pursuing the property further.
Drake joined the bidding process as well, and is currently the highest bid on the property. According to John Henning Jr, Macon County School’s attorney, in order for Drake’s bid to be upset, someone would have to submit a bid for $286,091 before the 10-day upset period is set to expire on Monday, October 10. Henning Jr. noted that although he was not certain what Drake's intention with the property is, but he was under the impression that Drake plans to relocate portions of the company's operations, such as the maintenance department, to the property.
During Macon County’s Board of Education continued meeting held Tuesday evening, Henning Jr. met with board members in closed session to discuss Drake’s bid and the future action that would need to be taken if no other bids are received by the Oct. 10 deadline.