In a special meeting on July 3, the Madison-Plains Board of Education approved the sale of 5.4 acres next to Madison Rural Elementary.
Dave Roberts purchased the Old Xenia Road property for $45,000 at auction on June 28. Roberts also owns land behind the school and, a few years ago, gave the district an easement to a drainage ditch for the school’s rainfall runoff.
The final bid was approximately what district officials expected to get for the land.
“For the piece of property, the auctioneer and everybody thought that was reasonable,” said Madison-Plains Treasurer Scott Hiles.
The $45,000 will go into the district’s permanent improvement fund and can be used for expenses such as buses, building improvements and repairs, textbooks and computers.
As for why the district sold the property, Hiles commented, “We are not using it for anything… We didn’t see any future use for it, at least for us.”
The land comes with a building condi-tion, which means the new owner must get permits from the county before doing any construction.
Also at the July 3 meeting, the board approved several personnel issues.
New teachers include: Jacob Daniels, ED teacher at Madison Rural; Ashley Muska, second grade teacher; Tracy Hall, high school art teacher; and Vallery Jones, high school English teacher.
Other new staffers are Tina Exline-Teague, bus driver, and Jon-Michael (Trey) Emrick and Justin Johnson, casual laborers.
The board has rescheduled its next regular meeting from July 15 to July 21 at the district office, which is located behind Madison-Plains Middle School.