Trustees agree to offer bid for property

BROWNSTOWN

Brownstown Central Community School Corp. officials have taken another step toward purchasing a piece of property on the south side of the Brownstown Central High School campus.

The property at 515 W. Bridge St. is the only one bordering the high school property that the corporation doesn’t own.

The board of school trustees recently agreed to offer Muncia Lester, Ruby Walls and Faythe Gill $122,250 for the 0.57-acre tract.

That price is the average of two appraisals the school corporation obtained for the 119-foot-by-210-foot property. The two appraisals were $117,000 from Koleszar Appraisal Services Inc. of Seymour and $127,500 from James E. Meyers.

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.

Superintendent Greg Walker earlier said the property had 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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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.