JEFFERSON-Until recently, the Ashe County Board of Education has remained largely silent on the future location of a new centralized county middle school.
On Monday, that very well could change.
The board is expected to appear before county commissioners bright and early at 9 a.m. to request for approval to proceed with purchase of property for a new middle school. In addition, the board will likely request $60,000 in funding to proceed with the purchase.
The school board has already indicated it has selected a parcel of property on which to build a new middle school and has negotiated a purchase price of approximately $1.6 million, according to the commissioners’ agenda.
School officials now say that property needs to be tested to verify it meets the qualifications necessary to build on the land.
For a non-refundable sum of $15,000 the current property owner has agreed to allow the land to be tested to ensure it meets the necessary qualifications to build on.
The property owners have agreed to hold the property for the county while the bank financing is arranged for an additional sum of $45,000, and will apply both the $15,000 and $45,000 payments to the purchase price of the property, school officials indicated.
The $15,000 will cover testing of the property.
While school officials have remained tight lipped on the location of the new middle school, speculation has abound after former schools Superintendent Todd Holden told the Post that the middle school would be located “close to Jefferson and West Jefferson.”
Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.