Thursday, June 13, 2002

Lebanon nears deal on buying school lot

By Gina Buccino
Enquirer Contributor

        The Lebanon Board of Education is expected to finish a deal June 17 with Turtlecreek Township trustees to purchase 26 acres on Ohio 123 and Hart Road to build the new Bowman Elementary School.

        Stu Long, director of business operations for the school district, said the board will vote at its meeting Monday. Trustees voted this week to approve the sale of the land, formerly known as the Foley property.

        Mr. Long would not release the purchase price until the board approves the resolution.

        The board first planned to build the elementary school next to the proposed high school on 84 acres on Drake Road, which had wide community support. But the superintendent said building the two schools on the same site would have been a tight fit if the schools needed to expand to meet an increase in enrollment.

        Superintendent Bill Sears said the new location will permit expansion and room for athletic fields and additional parking.

        The school, projected to cost $14.7 million, will accommodate 1,000 students. Funds for the school, scheduled to open in 2004, were secured through a bond issue passed by voters last year.


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