The old Pine Elementary School building is going to be put up for sale.
The Michigan City School Board voted Tuesday night to sell the three level structure on Brown Road and seek appraisals to help determine an asking price.
The building has been empty since 2009 when a new Pine Elementary School at 1660 County Line Road was constructed.
The board saw no future use for the structure.
"It was not in the best condition," School Board member Beryle Burgwald said.
Board Vice President Jim Kintzele said one incentive for selling the building is to obtain cash to help narrow a $7 million budget deficit.
"The sale of the building will help us. No doubt about it," Kintzele said.
Burgwald said the board had to wait four years to put the building up for sale because of a law that provides time for charter schools to find any empty school buildings they might want for their use.
Kintzele said there's been no requests to have the old school converted into some type of community use and whatever is done with the property will be left entirely up to the buyer.
"What they do with it it's not our situation," Kintzele said.
Officials would not speculate how much the old school building might command.
The appraisals could come back as soon as 30 days.
Burgwald said there was also a four-year waiting period to sell the old Eastport School on Michigan Boulevard to the city for use as a police station.
In return, the school corporation wanted only an extra police officer from the city to work at the high school.
"This time we're looking for money," Burgwald said.