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July 16, 2013

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“I’m just saying down the road, if we did hit severe trouble, sometimes our expenses are running more than what we’re bringing in from the state,” Briscoe said. “There are times where we may have to at least debate that or have conversations. I’m not saying we would.”

The district already has a moratorium on field trips.



The board voted in favor of purchasing one property in New Albany and exploring the option of purchasing another in the county.

With a 3-2 vote, the board approved the purchase of 1827 Shelby Street for $30,000. Snyder has brought two other properties on the same street — 1813 and 1815 — to the board earlier this year to help expand parking or greenspace for New Albany High School.

Rebecca Gardenour, board member, said with this property so far away from the others owned by the district, she’s not sure why the district was interested in it.

“I would rather start where we are at the end and buy them up,” Gardenour said. “I know we have to take them when we can. It’s not that we haven’t had direction, but it’s just been confusing. Do we buy up the whole block when we can, or do we just buy up to a certain area?”

Mark Boone, board member, said he’d also like to keep the properties closer together when purchasing them, but also understands it’s not possible if they’re not up for sale.

“They’re not available right now and people think they’re worth a lot more than what we’ve giving for them,” Boone said. “At this property now, we’re starting to set the market price for that block, so if we do start acquiring properties, nobody’s coming to us asking for $75,000 anymore because we’re not paying that much.”

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