School board contemplates property purchase

WORTHINGTON – The District 518 School Board went into closed session this morning during a 7 a.m. meeting to discuss making an offer on a piece of property for the purpose of building a new school.

Superintendent John Landgaard presented the board with several projection estimates that vary dependent on whether or not a site would be in an area that qualified for a percentage of federal funding. Under discussion was the possibility of a new grades 3 through 5 intermediate school at the Prairie Elementary site for an estimate of $37.6 million, or a new high school on a new site for $43 to $44 million dollars, based on availability of federal funding. Adding competition fields for football, track, soccer, softball, baseball and parking infrastructure would cost an additional estimated $4.7 million.

Meeting laws allow for closed sessions when an entity is discussing the purchase of property so as not to give the property owner an unfair advantage over a prospective buyer when interest in the property is disclosed to the public. Landgaard said the information as to site and acquisition cost would be available to the public when the purchase is either completed or decided against.

The board estimates 50 acres would be needed for a new high school site.

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