Policy 902.06

School Sites, Selection, Acquisition

The Board believes that site selection, acquisition and development should start from the premise that the school is an integral part of the total community. The Board shall select and develop school sites that reflect total community needs as well as conform to the School Master Facilities Plan.

The Superintendent shall establish such criteria and procedures as are necessary to assure the Board that the best available sites are being acquired. The acquisition of sites shall be subject to the final approval by the Board. Land acquisition for school sites shall generally proceed in the following manner.

1. Land having an estimated value of less than one hundred thousand dollars is not required but may be appraised at current market value by certified real estate appraisers. Land having an estimated value of over one hundred thousand dollars is required to be appraised by a certified real estate appraiser.

2. Negotiations with the owner on the basis of the appraisals shall be made.

3. The purchase shall be consummated or eminent domain proceedings may be instituted.

4. The land may be cleared of all structures at the discretion of the Board. Such work may be let out for bids.

Every school site shall be master planned for full development. This plan should include the locations of all buildings, grounds and services facilities.

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Approved: January 13, 1997
Revised: September 11, 2006