School officials looking at property

BROWNSTOWN

Brownstown Central Community School Corp. officials have their eyes on a piece of property on the south side of the Brownstown Central High School campus.

It’s the only one bordering the high school property that the corporation doesn’t own.

The board of school trustees unanimously passed a resolution during a recent meeting stating that the corporation is interested in purchasing that 0.55-acre property, owned by M.L. and Ruby Walls and Faythe Gill.

The property currently contains a 1,884-square-foot, two-story, wood frame home and a 24-foot-by-30-foot detached garage, according to property tax documents. Those documents also show the home is more than 100 years old, and the garage was added in 2008.

According to Indiana Code, it’s required that the fiscal body of the political subdivision pass a resolution that it’s interested in making a purchase of specified land or structure.

When the resolution is passed, it allows the corporation to appoint two appraisers to appraise the fair market of the land and structures.

“After that is done, if the school desires to go further than that, they can take the average of those two appraisals and make an offer as high as what the average of those two appraisals are,” said Harry Rochner, the school corporation’s business manager.

Superintendent Greg Walker said the property has not yet been put on the market, but he understands the owner is looking to sell it. There is no price tag on the property at this time, he added.

If the corporation was to purchase the property, Walker said it most likely would be used for future expansion. There are no specific plans at this time, he said.

The high school campus sits on about 36.5 acres of property owned by the school corporation.

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Zach Spicer is a reporter for The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at zspicer@tribtown.com or 812-523-7080.