R-IV board buys land near campus

Thursday, December 1, 2005

The Cassville R-IV School District has entered into a contract to purchase three lots south of the existing middle school campus from Jerry and Louise Nickle for the cost of $135,000.

The land purchase decision was made by the Cassville School Board at its regular meeting on Nov. 17. John Sullivan, Mike Carr, Greg Allen, Lonnie McCullough, Danny Buchanan and David Haddock all voted in favor of the measure.

The lots purchased by the school district are identified as lots #41, 42 and 43 of LeCompte's Addition. The property is located between Mill and East streets south of Kid Kat Drive.

Presently, four rental homes are situated on the lots. Superintendent Jim Orrell said the district does not yet have specific plans for the property.

"I can see in the future, we could use it to put up some type of new facility or use it for parking," Orrell said. "It probably wouldn't be large enough to use for much of an attendance facility, but could be used for a variety of other uses, such as maintenance, custodial, storage, special services or administration."

Orrell said the school board is still studying future building options, and the recent land purchase is part of that process.

"As a result of the recommendations made by the Facilities Advisory Committee, the board is looking at building some type of facility to house two grades that could be built on the lot where the White House is, and if that is the case, that will take up some of our usable space and space used for parking."

The White House is located north of the rock gym and currently houses the district's Parents as Teachers program.

Orrell said the school board has no plans to sell the property it owns on 13th Street.

"Our plans right now are to retain that property," Orrell said. He stressed that no specific building plans have been voted upon by the board.

The board voted to amend the district's budget to reflect the $135,000 expenditure for capital improvements. No closing date on the property purchase has been set.

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