Athena-Weston schools look to part with Quonset huts

The district has four run-down huts that once served the FFA program.

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ATHENA -- The Athena-Weston School District will sell some old military Quonset huts that have sat unused on district grounds for years. The four rounded structures are made of metal, and once served the district's FFA program. They rest in the Land Lab area, taking up room that leaders hope to develop to expand students' animal raising program.

The Athena-Weston School Board agreed during its monthly meeting on April 11 to surplus the old structures, and accept bids for them during a selling process that should take place soon.

Superintendent Jerry Copeland said last week the huts have sat vacant and dilapidated for as long as he can remember.

"They're just falling apart," he said.

Each hut will be sold for a minimum bid of $750, or close to the value of each hut if it were sold for its scrap metal value.

"If someone wants them, they have to give at least what the scrap metal value is on them," Copeland said.

A new committee is working to revitalize the district's land lab, with the goal of expanding with more animals once the huts are removed.

Maria P. Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317.

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