A DeKalb County School District spokesman said Monday the now-closed Avondale High School is not considered surplus property.
Last week, Avondale Estates' Mayor Ed Rieker sent a letter to Interim School Superintendent Michael Thurmond expressing the city's desire to purchase the property at 1192 Clarendon Ave.
But according to district spokesman Quinn Hudson, the property is not listed as a surplus school site that could be sold.
"The Board has not approved the Avondale property as surplus," Hudson wrote in an e-mail to Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch.
"Per board policy DO, there is a two-stage process to dispose of real assets: 1) declare the property as surplus and 2) approval the sales plan (sealed bid, auction, realtor, direct sale). At any point along the way, the Board retains full authority to negate the action."
The city wants to purchase the property because it wants to retain it for public use, a point officials have made in the past year.
Avondale High School was erected in 1954. The district closed the school in May 2011 as part its countywide redistricting of schools.