By Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Madison Board of Education has purchased land for the district along Noe-Bixby Road for $265,000 from Greene Acres, LLC.
According to Groveport Madison Treasurer John Walsh, the property is located at 3465 Noe-Bixby Road and consists of four parcels totaling about 11.6 acres.
“It’s mostly a wooded area with a couple outbuildings,” said Walsh. “These four parcels are contiguous to a parcel of about 14 acres which is already owned by Groveport Madison Local Schools.”
Walsh said the purchase was made using funds from the district’s permanent improvement fund, which is money used for capital improvements. He said the purchase does not affect the district’s general fund. He said the district should take possession of the property by the end of May.
In February, the board authorized the purchase of the four parcels with the caveat that district officials come back to the board with another resolution to affirm the purchase at a future board meeting. This affirmation took place at the board’s May 8 meeting.
Board President Bryan Shoemaker said the district bought the land to serve as a potential future building site for a new school.
“It’s important to move forward and secure our future,” said Shoemaker.
Added board member Nancy Gillespie, “It’s important to go ahead with this purchase. Land is getting snatched up and we need to plan for the long term.”
Shoemaker said soil tests on the property indicate the ground meets construction requirements. He also said the buildable portion of the land is outside the flood plain on the property.
“Coupled with the adjacent land the district already owns, it means that collectively there are 25 acres there, which is enough acreage and meets the requirements for potentially building a pre-K through sixth grade building on the site,” said Groveport Madison Superintendent Garilee Ogden. “The district is not getting smaller. This is about the future of Groveport Madison and the future of our students.”