Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Little Red Elementary School has been sold.
At the Eau Claire Area School Board’s meeting Monday night, board members vote to sell “Little Red.” The school closed more than ten years ago and has been sitting vacant ever since.
Plumbers and Steamfitters Union 434 will buy a portion of the property, including the building, for $509,000. They plan to use it as a training and apprenticeship site. Another part of the land was sold to a neighbor.
There was heavy debate at Monday’s meeting over what to do with the school. Many residents were upset at the idea of seeing it go. Many brought up the idea that the way the population is growing, the district will have to build a new school at some point. “Those schools are overcrowded on the south side, that’s the area we need to look at to add some classrooms,” said Eau Claire resident Susan Smith. “We’ve got the land. It’s a beautiful spot.” Others shared memories of the school.
In the end, the school board voted to sell Little Red. Board members said the sale will help the district financially. On top of that, having another option for students after high school that isn’t a 4-year degree supports their mission to make sure every student can find the right fit for them.