Land for sale

The West Hancock Community School District is looking to sell about two acres of land east of its bus garage.

KANAWHA | The West Hancock Community School District is looking to sell some of its land.

On Monday, Sept. 18, the School Board gave Superintendent Wayne Kronemann the go-ahead to list about two acres of land on Fifth Street Southwest in Britt with Kelly Real Estate and Diemer Realty for $50,000, during its meeting.

“There’s about a 155-feet-by-600-feet piece of property that Stacey [Goepel] and I are recommending we don’t need for anything,” he said. “We passed around to staff and different people trying to come up with stuff that we could use that property for and nobody came up with a good use.

The district purchased about 5.2 acres of land, which was formerly a trailer court, in August 2012 from Powerhouse LLC for $125,000 to build a seven-bay bus barn that cost the district more than $450,000. The project was completed in 2015.

Kronemann said the acreage for sale is located east of the bus barn and zoned residential.

“We still have a lot of property to use if anyone wants to do a garden lot for a science class or ag class,” he said. “We are still going to own over three acres of land there.”

Kronemann said a couple of people have already expressed interest in the property, but he’s unsure if they’ll be surprised by what the board is asking for the property.

“I would say go with what the Realtors say is a fair price,” said Leah Deutsch, School Board member. “That’s fine with me.”

Other members of the board agreed.

While the district is listing the property at $50,000, Kronemann said it could end up getting more or less depending on the interest. The sale will follow a process similar to the selling of the district’s former bus barn shop on First Avenue Northeast in 2015.

He said the buses were previously stored in a building at the Hancock County District Fairgrounds that cost the district between $12,000 and $20,000 annually.

Also during the School Board meeting:

  • Middle School Principal Ruth Verbrugge updated the school board on progress related to a partnership with Hancock County Health System to provide additional mental health and behavioral health services for students. She said it’s been “a little bit difficult” coordinating schedules between health and education officials but a meeting is slated for early October.
  • High School Principal Dan Peterson told the school board the district received grants from the Hancock County Foundation for a new wrestling mat, new lab equipment in the science department and picnic tables for the courtyard area.
  • Kronemann reminded the school board that it’s against district policy — with few exceptions — to use district facilities and equipment on Sunday. He said coaches may hold non-mandatory practices, like open gym, if no other time works and if receive prior approval. Kronemann made the note because the local ministerial group has raised concerns about a growing number of student activities conflicting with church happenings. He said the district is “pretty fortunate” to have three gyms to accommodate different schedules.
  • The School Board OK’d reducing elementary and middle school back-to-school conferences to one day for the 2018-19 school year. Kronemann said unless the student population “goes way up, it’ll be doable.”
  • Gary Chizek, West Hancock School Board president, received a plaque for his time on the board. He didn’t seek reelection this year. He was first elected to the board in 2009. “I really enjoyed my time,” he said.

Reach Reporter Ashley Stewart at 641-421-0533. Follow her on Twitter at GGastewart.

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