Re-2 buying land to build new Roy Moore Elementary School |

Re-2 buying land to build new Roy Moore Elementary School

Amanda Holt Miller
Post Independent Staff

Garfield School District Re-2 will buy a little more than 20 acres of property on the western edge of Silt, where it plans to build a replacement for Roy Moore Elementary School.

“We have been looking for property for Roy Moore for two years,” said Re-2 Superintendent Gary Pack. “It needs to be replaced.”

The school has leaky ceilings and a number of other structural problems.

The Re-2 board voted in a special meeting on Dec. 6 to go forward with buying property from Kay Larson, whose sale of the property was contingent upon also selling a residence on a connected piece of land. The property is off of First Street about 100 yards north of Highway 6, Pack said.

The district will buy the first piece of land for $1.7 million and the residence, which it will most likely rent until construction is possible, for $250,000 for a total cost of $1.95 million.

The board will pay for the properties with $1.4 million earmarked for Roy Moore from the 2001 bond project. The rest of the money will come from the capitol improvements fund, Pack said. The district will close on the property Jan. 3 and has until next Tuesday to run tests and be sure the land is suitable for building a school.

The Roy Moore parent committee will be present at tonight’s regular school board meeting at Highland Elementary School. They will ask the board to consider building facilities for kindergartners through eighth-graders when they build the first time, said Pam Hutton, the Roy Moore librarian and a Silt parent.

“When our children leave elementary school, they leave town,” Hutton said. “It’s hard on families that really want to be involved.”

The district does not yet have official plans to build anything on the property as there is no money for it right now.

A facilities-needs committee, made up of community members and district staff, has been meeting since October to conduct preliminary research that’s expected to result in a new bond proposal for the November 2006 ballot. A new elementary school in Silt is at the top of the committee’s list of priorities.

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