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.