Highland View Elementary continues to vex district officials

Published: Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 12:07 PM.

The former Highland View Elementary School site will likely be a valuable property someday, said appraiser Matt Terry.

When that day will arrive is another question entirely.

After a year of stagnant interest in the property and continued decay of the building the Gulf County School Board faces a difficult question, one members pondered during a workshop last week.

Appraisals of the property’s value dropped from a year ago.

The level of interest from potential buyers has never been sufficient to suffer a drop off.

The school building itself, now empty for nearly two years since North Florida Child Development, Inc., moved its Port St. Joe school to a new facility, is collapsing.

Maintenance supervisor Greg Layfield told board members his team is in the school on average once a week to shore up some portion of the building.

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