Lee schools OK Mooreville land purchase

PLANTERSVILLE – In four words, Mike Mitchell brought down the house – and helped secure a $375,000 land deal – at Monday’s Lee County School Board meeting.
“I’ll make that motion,” Mitchell said by speakerphone from Indiana, where he’s on business this week with his employer, Toyota Boshoku.
The meeting at Plantersville Middle School erupted in laughter; the 63 acres Mitchell moved the School Board buy are in Mooreville, which he represents on the board.
The subsequent unanimous vote marks the final of three land purchases for the county school district, which last year developed a comprehensive strategic plan in the wake of continued growth.
“We’ve been working on this one 16-18 months,” said Johnny Green, a consultant to the 12-school district and its former superintendent. “We had to have it resurveyed because there were some questions about the boundary lines.”
The Mooreville land is the Harbor House property “on old, old Highway 78, not Highway 178,” Green said. “It joins our property on the west side of the elementary school.”
In October 2008, the district purchased 52.24 acres in Brewer – in the Shannon High School district – for $375,240. The district paid $465,790 for 35.83 acres in Saltillo last December.
Superintendent Mike Scott has said no new taxes are required to pay for the land purchases. Money will come from unused construction funds.
The district, which previously has said new schools are five to 15 years away, still does not plan to build immediately.
“This is a long-range plan,” Green said.
Contact Ginny Miller at (662) 678-1582 or ginny.miller@djournal.com.


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