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December 19, 2013

Moore Public Schools negotiate land purchase

MOORE — Moore Public Schools district is in negotiations to purchase land directly north of Moore High School where a nursing home has been vacant for almost a year.

The possible land purchase was discussed at the monthly Moore Public Schools Board of Education meeting, but no final decisions were made.

Jeff Horn, assistant superintendent of operations, said it’s possible a decision could be brought to the board as soon as January’s school board meeting.

The discussion of a land purchase began eight months ago when the nursing home approached the school district. Funds for the land purchase would come out of $1.1 million set aside in a bond the district passed in February, which allocated money exclusively for a land purchase.

Moore High School, 300 N. Eastern Ave., is the oldest of all three Moore high schools and sits on the smallest amount of acreage. Moore High School sits on 53 acres compared to the 80-some acres that both Southmoore and Westmoore sit on.

Horn said Moore High School is basically landlocked with no room to grow even though the district’s student body has grown over the past several years.

If approved, the land purchase would be 3.08 acres. Although no further plans have been made as to what to do with the land if the purchase is finalized, the addition would give the school district options, Horn said.

Katherine Parker

366-3541

kparker@normantranscript.com

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