New land gives schools a ‘campus’

Noblesville Schools is looking into expanding its property lines at two locations: 17901 River Rd. and the northeast portion of 196th Street and Hague Road.

The real estate at 17901 River Rd. is less than an acre and will extend the property lines to the south. This area is where Noblesville Schools Central Office is relocating. Superintendent Libbie Conner said the small parcel is essentially a parking strip and will trucks to access the loading dock and dumpsters without infringing on the property of neighbors. Administration is looking to move into the new area in July.

The second property will extend the land from Noblesville West Middle School south to 196th Street along Hague Road. Its area includes approximately 37 acres.

“It gives us a campus,” Conner said.

Conner said a new elementary school would require approximately 20 acres and the remaining area could be used for other district needs, including a new transportation building.

“It’s the perfect location for elementary school No. 8 or other things we in mind,” Conner said. “It’s very favorable for the school district.”

Conner said costs are not yet known as this is the first step and by state statute, two separate appraisals must be done on the property and the district is not allowed to pay more than the average of the appraisals.

“We can make an offer and start negotiating,” she said.

 

What else happened at the Feb. 19 school board meeting?

• Gary Huddleston will be interim principal at White River Elementary School beginning April 22 through the end of the 2012-2013 school year. Principal Christy Jordan is expecting her first child and will take leave during that time. Huddleston has 25 years of experience as an elementary school principal and eight years as a middle school principal. He comes from Wayne Township in Carmel.

• The school board is amending its social media policy. Currently, access to social media sites like Facebook have been blocked on the district’s network but the change will allow teachers and staff members to use social media sites for educational benefits. The district can tell if students or staff are using the sites and usage is filtered, archived and monitored.

• Farm land has been leased to Charles Jacobi (20 acres) and Rand Woodward (75 acres) for $200 an acre.

Robert Herrington

Managing editor of Current in Noblesville. A 1999 graduate of Noblesville High School, Herrington has been covering Noblesville and Hamilton County as a journalist since 2004. The military brat lived all over the east coast before calling Noblesville home since 1994. He and his wife, Maggie, live in the community with their baby daughter (and youngest Boston Red Sox fan), Caroline. From school board to common council meetings, First Friday events and summer concerts in the city parks, Herrington loves to attend and cover all that Noblesville has to offer.

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