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Caddo Hills purchases property

DEWAYNE HOLLOWAY/dewayne@mcnews.online

Caddo Hills Superintendent Deric Owens discusses the purchase of property adjoining the school during the April School Board Meeting. The School Board voted to purchase the property during their July Board Meeting. – Photo by Dewayne Holloway

The Caddo Hills School District took a big step toward future campus expansion with the purchase of a home and adjoining acreage located next to the school. They also approved an amendment to the upcoming school year to comply with a state mandate that moves the start date for school back to August 24.
District administration and board members have been discussing the purchase of the property for several years, but talk turned to action in April when Superintendent Deric Owens presented a proposal for the purchase of the property. The property includes a residence and an additional six to eight acres of land. The exact acreage is pending an official survey.
It has been noted in past meetings that the land purchased is the most accessible adjoining land for purchase. The board approved the purchase of the property. The original resolution was for $180,000 for the house, which includes three acres, and an additional $4,000 per acre for additional acreage. The district will also pay one half the closing costs.
The purchase of the land comes from existing school building funds. No funds collected through the recently approved millage for the new expansion project will be used to purchase the property.
The board also voted to purchase two used buses from Central Bus Sales at a price of $67,500 each. They also approved the sale of a used school bus by way of sealed bid. Reeva Brewer was the winning bidder at a price of $1,507.
The board approved the fuel bid from Ligon Oil for the 2020-21 school year. Tammy Young abstained in the vote. Ligon Oil has provided fuel for the district for several years.
The board voted to amend the school calendar for the upcoming 2020-21 school year to August 23. They also voted to move a professional development day from March 18, 2021 to August 3, 2020.
The board approved two student transfers. One student transferred to Caddo Hills from Centerpoint and one student transferred to Caddo Hills from Mount Ida.
The board adopted the statement of assurances for all title programs.
The board adopted the ASBA Model Policy updates for 2020-21.
The board approved disclosure statements for Kinzie Bour and Tammy Young. Both board members involved abstained from the vote.
The board accepted the resignation of classified personnel Whitney Williamson and approved the hire of classified personnel Haylee Vines.

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