By VICTORIA CALDERON
• Leader & Times
The USD No. 480 Board of Education might be one step closer after tonight’s meeting in the process of acquiring the Pine Street site property, which is the area behind the Hampton Inn, where the district will build both a new middle and elementary school.
During the June 23 meeting, the board passed a resolution (No. 6-23-14) which appointed licensed land surveyor Thad Reynolds to survey the land on the Pine Street site. This was the first step of the eminent domain process, which will ultimately condemn the land and acquire it for the school district. The resolution declared “the necessity of condemning certain real property.”
Now that the land survey has taken place, the board will have the opportunity to approve the acquisition of the land during the agenda item, Property Acquisition.
The legal counsel has already approved contracts with Donald and Kathie Holt and Christine Woodward; so if the board heeds their recommendation and approves the contracts as well, the district will acquire the Pine Street addition.
Then, Resolution No. 7-22-14, if approved, will allow the board to take the next step in the eminent domain process, which involves filing a petition to condemn the land.
Other items under new business on their agenda are staff travel, Microsoft license renewal and Board of Education policy renewals.
The board will meet at 6:30 tonight at the Education Service Center.