State Rep. Catherine D. Ingram (D-Cincinnati) today announced the introduction of House Bill (HB) 487, the School Property Sales Fairness Act, legislation that would eliminate the right of first refusal that state law currently provides to community schools, college-preparatory boarding schools and STEM schools before public school districts put property up for auction or private sale.

“This policy is an example of bureaucratic red-tape that can and should be eliminated to allow local boards of education to best serve their communities,” said Rep. Ingram. “This legislation does not prevent community schools, college-preparatory boarding schools and STEM schools from attempting to purchase school district property. It instead allows them to participate in the public auction process similar to any other interested party and frees up school districts from the nuisance of delaying property sales for 60 days.”

Under current Ohio law, when a Board of Education decides to sell property belonging to the school district, it first must offer the property to one of the aforementioned entities for 60 days before putting the property up for auction.

HB 487 is currently awaiting committee assignment in the Ohio House.

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