TAMPA, Fla. — Hillsborough County School Leaders are taking the first step in exploring the option to sell the Raymond O. Shelton School Building, known to many administrative workers as ROSSAC. This is the latest idea to cut costs as the district faces mounting budget concerns.
This is an initial step to explore the process to see if it is a feasible option for HCPS, according to the district.
This does not mean the district is selling the building. However, it would require board approval to begin the process to explore what potential buyers could bring to the district, according to Erin Maloney with Hillsborough County Schools.
ROSSAC was built in 1978 and has just under 500 employees whose primary worksite is listed as ROSSAC. However, the majority of these employees spend much of their time in schools providing support to staff and students, according to the district.
"We know that ROSSAC is in a prime location between Downtown and Channelside, within walking distance to many restaurants and businesses," Maloney said.
The Hillsborough County Property Appraiser lists the value of the property around $25.7M.
This comes after Superintendent Addison Davis has recently brought forward several cost-cutting measures such as furlough days, shorter workweeks and consolidating or closing under-enrolled schools.
In October, some teachers working on temporary contracts were let go. Hundreds of other teachers and staff members were reassigned to other schools based on enrollment numbers as part of a budgetary measure.