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Hancock County Vacant Lots Still in School Board’s Possession After Only 1 Bid at Auction


The Hancock County Board of Education only received one bid Wednesday to consider on land where an elementary school used to sit at an auction Wednesday morning.

Out of the four former elementary school sites up for sale, the five lots at Weirton Heights Elementary were the only ones that received a bid at Wednesday’s auction.

The lone bidder was Weirton resident, John Klash, who made the minimum bid of $50,000 to purchase the five lots belonging to the former Weirton Heights Elementary School.

Klash isn’t sure what he’s going to do with the land quite yet, but is leaning toward homes or apartments.

“Well right now it looks like it’s going to be a residential area there’s going to be some homes put in there,” Klash said.

That means the lots for Broadview Elementary, Liberty Elementary and the other four lots for Weirton Heights Elementary are still up for grabs.

Hancock County Superintendent Sue Smith said the Board of Education must now decide what to do with the remaining properties.

“There’s a lot of options that they have where they can choose to put it up for auction again or they can choose to keep it and develop it into something else,” Smith said.

The Board of Education will decide to accept or deny Klash’s bid on June 8th.

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