Board ups offer on property again

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By William Carroll

The Spencer County Board of Education voted Monday to approve offering $12,250 an acre for 20 acres or $13,500 per acre for the entire 27 acre property located at 101 McAllister Lane off of Ky. 44 during a special called meeting.
During an earlier special called Aug. 4 meeting, board members traveled out to the McAllister property and walked the property prior to making an offer. The original offer for the land was $9,500 per acre for 20 acres or $10,000 per acre for 27 acres. Last week the board upped its offer to $11,500 an acre for 20 acres of the property. According to a 2010 site review conducted by the Kentucky Department of Education, in conjunction with local officials and the Kentucky Department of Highways, the land at 101 McAllister Lane was deemed “a good location for a future school having current access from the property via a county road to Highway 44, and with good prospects for a second access to Highway 44 direct from the property.”
The board plans to build a new 600-student capacity elementary school building with space for another 600-student facility on the site. The proposed building would have two preschool classrooms, 24 elementary classrooms, one special education room, six elementary resource rooms, one art room, one music room, one computer room, a library/media center, a space for physical education and a site-based decision making council allotment space. Other areas include the administrative area, custodial receiving, family resource, kitchen and cafeteria. The building is expected to be approximately 48,645 square feet.
At the Aug. 4 meeting, members discussed how the new building would sit on the property and where the road access would be from the proposed structure to Ky. 44. Currently there is no direct access between Ky. 44 and the property.
The board also considered several tax rate scenarios presented by Superintendent Chuck Adams. Adams suggested taking the compensation and exoneration rate, which would not result in a significant increase. The board took no action on rates and will consider the item during next week’s regularly scheduled meeting.
In other matters before the board:
• The board approved SCHS ladies soccer team to travel to Owensboro to compete in a soccer tournament.