Education Committee moves to buy property for Carroll-Oakland addition

The Wilson County Education Committee discussed a preliminary plan for the Carroll-Oakland Elementary School addition at its Thursday meeting.
Feb 14, 2014

 

The Wilson County Education Committee discussed a preliminary plan for the Carroll-Oakland Elementary School addition at its Thursday meeting.

Committee members were each given a copy of the proposed layout – called option B – the Wilson County Board of Education approved at its meeting earlier this month. Education Committee Chair Annette Stafford said in looking at the plan, "I agree with the school board that it is the best one for security reasons."

With the school board's decision to go with the option, an adjacent property would need to be purchased to accommodate an additional parking area.

Interim Director of Schools Mary Ann Sparks, Deputy Director of Finance Mickey Hall and Mayor Randall Hutto were each present at the meeting to give an update on discussions regarding the possible purchase of the property. Hutto said the three of them spoke with the property owner and asked what he would like to get for the property.

"Myself, Mrs. Sparks and Mickey went to talk to the property owner," Hutto said. "We asked, ‘Would you consider selling it?" Hutto said the owner recently had the property appraised, and it was valued at $190,000.

"He'd like to price the property at $225,000," Hutto said.

If a deal can be negotiated to buy the property, the money for the purchase would come from the county's 121 Fund, which can only be used for elementary schools. Finance Director Aaron Maynard said the 121 Fund currently contains around $5 million.

"I had a conversation with Aaron a few months back about this," Stafford said. "I'd really like to see us move forward to purchase the property."

The committee approved giving the mayor the authority to make an offer on the property.

 

By Kimberly Jordan

kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com

The Wilson CountyEducation Committee discussed a preliminary plan for the Carroll-Oakland Elementary School addition at its Thursday meeting.

Committee members were each given a copy of the proposed layout – called option B – the Wilson County Board of Education approved at its meeting earlier this month. Education Committee Chair Annette Stafford said in looking at the plan, "I agree with the school board that it is the best one for security reasons."

With the school board's decision to go with the option, an adjacent property would need to be purchased to accommodate an additional parking area.

Interim Director of Schools Mary Ann Sparks, Deputy Director of Finance Mickey Hall and Mayor Randall Hutto were each present at the meeting to give an update on discussions regarding the possible purchase of the property. Hutto said the three of them spoke with the property owner and asked what he would like to get for the property.

"Myself, Mrs. Sparks and Mickey went to talk to the property owner," Hutto said. "We asked, ‘Would you consider selling it?" Hutto said the owner recently had the property appraised, and it was valued at $190,000.

"He'd like to price the property at $225,000," Hutto said.

If a deal can be negotiated to buy the property, the money for the purchase would come from the county's 121 Fund, which can only be used for elementary schools. Finance Director Aaron Maynard said the 121 Fund currently contains around $5 million.

"I had a conversation with Aaron a few months back about this," Stafford said. "I'd really like to see us move forward to purchase the property."

The committee approved giving the mayor the authority to make an offer on the property.

 

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