New owners of the iconic Osage Beach Elementary building on Osage Beach Parkway want to preserve a slice of lake-area history.
The 34,000-square foot building was recently purchased from the Camdenton School District by Old Schoolhouse Investment, LLC. Rhonda Bohrn, long-time local resident, is the managing member of the company. The CSD put the building up for sale last fall after successfully moving into a new elementary on Nichols Road the year before.
Bohrn says about 10,000 square feet of the 78-year-old building will be remodeled for the offices of local attorneys Curran & Associates and for Lake of the Ozarks Land Title Company. She hopes the move for the attorneys and title company will be completed by early 2018. The remaining 20,000-plus-square feet will be available for small businesses that might benefit from the classroom-style makeup of the building. That could include a dance studio, preschool, fitness club, etc.
"We really didn't want to tear it down," Bohrn said. "It's part of our area's history, its unique, and we felt it should be preserved."
She noted an adjoining cemetery will also be preserved.
Bohrn is a 1988 graduate of School of the Osage and has been in the accounting business for more than 20 years. Her husband, Michael, is a captain with the Osage Beach Fire Protection District.
The Camdenton Board of Education voted Nov. 14, to declare the abandoned building across from the city park on Osage Beach Parkway as surplus property.
The original part of the building was built in 1938, and the last addition was constructed in 1996. The still functional brick building sits on five acres which are included in the bidding process.