School board’s offer for land off Ky. 44 rejected, talks resurface about Tanglewood property

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By Mallory Bilger

The Spencer County Board of Education could be heading in a new direction regarding a location for the new 600-student elementary school since its initial offer for property off of Ky. 44 has been rejected.
The board moved at its September meeting to bid $275,000 for 38.19 acres known as the Porter Property located 2.5 miles northeast of Ky. 55 and 44. According to a land study conducted for the district, the property is a mixture of pasture and woodlands, and was listed  for $668,325 — $393,325 more than what was offered by the board.
Superintendent Chuck Adams confirmed at Monday night’s board meeting that the offer had been rejected and that the board has not made another offer on that land.
Adams said no plots have been dismissed as a possible location, including the land currently being used as Tanglewood Golf Course’s driving range. The property is 1.8 miles northeast of Ky. 55 and 44 and is accessible from Tanglewood Drive via Ky. 44.  The land is currently used as a driving range and, because of the city of Taylorsville’s most recent sewer expansion project, sewer service would be available to the building. However, board members initially had reservations about that land because it is located next to a gun range and feared a negative community perception of that plot.
Information in the superintendent’s report, which is presented in open session, revealed that the board is interested in securing an appraisal for both the gun range and the Tanglewood land.
“With the permission letter from the Gun Club to appraise the land, dialogue is currently taking place with (the Kentucky Department of Education) to prepare for an appraisal of both Tanglewood and the Gun Club properties. It is not  yet known at this time what the timeline is on permission from KDE, however, the need may be present to set up another meeting with KDE facilities in order to explain our barriers and possibilities that have become available through recent discussions,” Adams wrote in his report.
No official action was taken following the executive session.