February 2, 2023
Sale of Surplus Property - #5 Ridgewood Drive
During the January 23, 2023 meeting, the Hillsboro R-III School Board voted to sell the office
building located at 5 Ridgewood Drive in Hillsboro by sealed bid. The Board established the
minimum bid required of $300,000. The sealed bids are due to the district by noon on February
The district had intended to sell the building and property once the new administration and
Learning Center areas were ready. The district will utilize the sealed bid process following the
Board of Education policy. The Board established the minimum bid amount and reserved the
right to reject any or all proposals and award the bid in the District's best interests.
The district utilized the .82 acre property, 48 striped parking spaces, and 5232 square foot
building at 5 Ridgewood as the District Administration Building since 2009. The main level is
divided into an entry, a shared office, five private offices, a break room, and two restrooms. The
lower level is divided into two shared offices, three private offices, a break room, a conference
room, several storage areas, and a restroom. The floors are carpeted or tile, the walls are drywall,
and the ceilings are drywall or drop grid acoustic tile.
Previous to 2009, the building was utilized by the Jefferson County Special Education
Cooperative, and before that was a church.
The property has been zoned C-1, Light Commercial District, by the city of Hillsboro. Permitted
uses include business services, personal services, government buildings, and daycare centers.
The property at #5 Ridgewood Drive will be excellent for businesses because it is turn-key ready,
has a large parking lot and is located on Business 21.
The District Administration Offices are now located at the new Hillsboro Administration Office
and Learning Center Annex building on the Hillsboro school campus at 100 Leon Hall Parkway.
It is exciting to have the administration office back on campus. It is more visible and easily
accessible for employees and parents. The Learning Center students will benefit from their new
areas as well. The alternative school will still be housed within the Learning Center attached to
the Intermediate Building. At the new facility, alternative students will utilize two large
multi-use areas, a classroom area with a kitchen, and surrounding outdoor spaces for their
learning and activities.
In 2020, the district purchased the 15.36 acres and 7,370 square foot residence from the estate of
Mrs. Diane Hall for $825,000.
The purchase benefited the district and community in several ways. The district saved a
significant amount of money by repurposing the residence, rather than if a new building was
constructed at today’s commercial construction costs. The five acres of land were the connecting
piece between the high school and the farm. It is very suitable for future construction that may
be needed years down the road and ensures the iconic pond and land along Hwy 21 remain
untouched by growth.
PDF of Release: https://5il.co/1obu1