- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - The city of Corinth is preparing to re-advertise for bids on the West Corinth Elementary School property due to an irregularity in the bid process.

The board of aldermen in April voted to sell the old West Corinth school property to the Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission for $1,499. The commission was the only bidder.

The Daily Corinthian reports (http://bit.ly/1j0o3KR ) City Clerk Vickie Roach told aldermen this past week the bid notice should have been advertised in a local newspaper one additional time, so the process is starting over.

The vacant West Corinth school sits on battlefield property across from the interpretive center and the National Park Service wants the land to become part of the Corinth Unit of Shiloh National Military Park.

The wording of the solicitation for bids was designed to limit bidders to use of the property only for historical purposes, such as interpretation of the Battle of Corinth.

The National Park Service wants to use the property to enhance its interpretation of the battle. It gives the park service battlefield land neighboring the interpretive center, provides another venue that can host educational presentations and provides storage space.

The campuses of East, West and South elementary schools are vacant. The property returned to the city when the schools were closed by the Corinth School District.

In March, the Easom Outreach Foundation was awarded a lease to the former South Corinth school property for use as Easom Community Center.

Bids are pending on the third property, East Corinth Elementary.

The Mississippi Action for Progress has submitted a written request for the vacant property where it wants to consolidate the Corinth and Kendrick Head State centers.

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Information from: The Daily Corinthian.

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