GEVS eyes land for bus garage

By Angela Shepherd - For The Times-Gazette



The Greenfield Exempted Village School District is unloading one piece of property and moving forward on the purchase of another with plans for a new bus garage.

According to superintendent Joe Wills and district treasurer Joe Smith, the board of education in a special meeting on Wednesday approved the sale of a two-acre piece of land and approved moving forward on the purchase of about 29 acres.

The district has owned the smaller property, located off of SR 753 behind Dairy Nook, for a couple of years, Wills said. It was initially purchased because the district was considering a storage facility and a bus garage, he said.

On Wednesday, board members deemed the two-acre parcel as district surplus and it will eventually be sold at public auction, the superintendent said.

According to Smith, the opportunity arose for the district to purchase a larger property closer to the school on North Fifth Street at $7,000 per acre. The property is about 29 acres.

“It’s flat, it’s close to the school,” Smith said, “so in our search for a new bus garage, it’s perfect.”

He added that the sale “is subject to a satisfactory title exam.”

The treasurer said that the plan with the extra acreage is to sell it off and look for future development, “but the first priority is for a bus garage.”

The district has always housed its buses in a small brick building near the football field, with additional buses parked in a fenced-in lot across the street.

In other business, the board approved the following employment recommendations: Cadie Cory, preschool intervention teacher at Rainsboro Elementary; Craig Wise, head bus mechanic; and Corey White, high school math.

The Greenfield Exempted Village School District Board of Education next meets in regular session on Monday, June 26 at 7 p.m. in the central office boardroom. The meeting is open to the public.


By Angela Shepherd

For The Times-Gazette