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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • BOE seeks accord over land sale

  • The Moundridge School Board met with the Moundridge Recreation Board in a special meeting March 24 to discuss the sale of a parcel of land across from Moundridge Middle School and High School.
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  • The Moundridge School Board met with the Moundridge Recreation Board in a special meeting March 24 to discuss the sale of a parcel of land across from Moundridge Middle School and High School.
    The school board agreed to sell the land, located across from the schools and adjacent to the baseball field on Cole Street, to Casey’s General Store in January.
    Chad Higgins, Moundridge School District superintendent and member of the recreation board, said the land was originally bought to build the baseball field as a joint project between the two groups. Higgins said the recreation board considered filing legal paperwork to create a legal dispute regarding the land because recreation board officials think the rec board has money invested in the land.
    “We had to buy more land than needed when we built the field,” Higgins said. “I think so much time has passed and so many people have been on the boards, there was a lot of misunderstanding.”
    He said because several years had passed and board members had changed, there was some confusion as to the original plans regarding the extra land, and the purpose of the meeting was for both groups to sit down and discuss their concerns as well as the history of the land.
    “I think a part of that was the recreation board hasn’t been involved in school meetings,” Higgins said. “Communication wasn’t very good.”
    Higgins said past members of both groups were present to discuss the history of the land as it related to the dispute. Though no formal agreement was reached, Higgins said he thought the meeting went well.
    “The meeting wasn’t about resolution, it was about communication,” Higgins said. “I think a lot of concerns and confusion were resolved.”
    Higgins said though nothing is certain, he doesn’t expect the recreation board to file the paperwork to begin legal action against the school district.
    Though the school board approved the sale of land to Casey’s, the final agreement has yet to be settled. Higgins said he expects a final contract to be ready by the school board’s April 14 meeting, with closure on the sale coming in subsequent months.

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