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Byline: Pat Lewandowski
Dec. 21--PRATTVILLE -- A secret bid process imposed on the sale of 40 acres of land cost the Autauga County Board of Education $150,000 more than the property might be worth.
The land, located behind Prattville High School and adjacent to Upper Kingston Park, was sold as part of a court settlement. Autauga County Circuit Clerk Whit Moncrief opened the bids at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The nearest competing bid was $472,000 made by Crawford Jones for Pell Avenue LLC, a local investment group.
Larry Butler, superintendent of Autauga County Schools, defended the sealed bid of $619,059, saying the board must be "futuristic in its …