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Turner ponders 40 acre parcel

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ANN MARIE AMES
December 11, 2010
— The Beloit Turner School Board on Monday could vote to finalize language on an offer to purchase a 40-acre parcel close to the middle/high school campus.

The site, which is north of the campus and the Blackhawk subdivision, someday could hold a new high school, although the district has no plans to build at this time, Administrator Dennis McCarthy said.


"I think the major decision is that this positions the board and the district for the future," McCarthy has said.


The district has been negotiating with the property owner for several months. The current offer includes $6,600 per acres plus some fees, McCarthy said. The total would be about $270,000, he said.


Once the school board approves a developers contract, the Beloit Town Board would consider the document. If the two bodies agree on wording, the school board in January could vote to buy the land, McCarthy said.


No referendum will be necessary for the purchase, McCarthy has said.


Officials for many years have considered buying property for an expansion of the landlocked school. Over the past 15 years, other boards and administration passed on chances to buy land adjacent to the school campus, McCarthy said.


In 2008, voters turned down a $2.5 million referendum question that included $800,000 to buy the same property.


The rest of the money in that referendum question would have gone to upgrade the school's stadium complex.


At the time, voters approved $6.1 million to upgrade the middle and high schools.


IF YOU GO
What: Regular meeting of the Beloit Turner School Board
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: District administration boardroom, 1237 Inman Parkway, Beloit.
Details: Among other things, the board could vote to clarify the wording of an offer to buy 40 acres of land.

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