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Central board approves sale of operations building west property

By Jeremy Huss
Staff writer

The Central Community School Board Nov. 13 approved selling the west portion of its operations building property on 11th Street to MPC LLC for $31,000.

MPC, which listed its address as 208 11th St., directly west of the school district's operations facility and at the same address as Holst Construction, is a real estate investment company owned by Dean Holst that is operated as a separate entity from the construction business.

The school district received no other bids for the property.

Superintendent Dan Peterson opened sealed bids for the property at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, with MPC submitting an initial bid of $23,000 for the .34-acre parcel.

However, despite being the sole bidder, MPC at 10:05 a.m. raised its bid to $31,000, bringing it in line with what Peterson said is the fair market value of the property based on opinions from Kim Broders of Ruhl and Ruhl and John Connole of Associated Realtors.

At Wednesday night's school board meeting, Peterson said he spoke before the bid opening with MPC representative Jason Holst and informed him real estate companies had valued the property at around $30,000. Peterson said he also cleared up some confusion about the amount of square footage contained in the parcel prior to opening the bid.

"Considering the fair market value we received from those two realtors and our great relationship we have with Holst Construction over there, I would recommend approval," Peterson said.

No members of the public addressed the board during a public hearing set aside to solicit input regarding the sale.

The only comments from the school board came from Steve Fuglsang, who told Peterson he appreciated the legwork to obtain an estimate of fair market value, and Jim Irwin, who said the sale will help offset the cost of ongoing improvements to the remaining operations building property.

Those improvements include pouring new concrete and replacing windows at the operations building, which the board approved in August after high costs caused it to scrap an earlier plan to sell the entire property and construct a new transportation and maintenance facility.

Enrollment drops by 10 students

Central's certified enrollment fell by approximately 10 students compared to last year, dropping from 1,488.58 at 1,477.66 students based on the Oct. 1 enrollment count, business manager Tina Bartels reported.

Each student in the certified enrollment count draws around $6,000 annually in state funding for the school district.

Despite the drop in certified enrollment that determines state funding, Peterson pointed out Central is serving 20 more students than in the 2012/13 school year due to open enrollment, the school's pre-school program and students from other districts attending nursing and welding programs it offers.

"The good news is our open enrollment in increased from 61 to 74 and our open enrollment out dropped from 75 to 66," Bartels said.

Fuglsang said the district is likely to feel another enrollment pinch next year after this year's large senior class has graduated. There are 153 seniors enrolled at Central this year, while the current junior class has just 123 students.

Other business

In other business, the board:

•Heard an update from activities director Kurt Kreiter on the district's bowling program, now in its fifth year. Kreiter said volunteer coaches are hoping the district will approve creating a paid, head coach position, but the request will have to be part of union negotiations set to take place in the spring.

•Approved a request to the school budget review committee for modified allowable growth of $54,009, which would allow the district to increase spending to account for nine students attending Central who were not included in the 2012 enrollment count that determined state funding for the current school year.

•Approved the 2013/14 special education count. The count showed a total decline in special education enrollment of two students to 139, and a weighted enrollment of 151.1, a decrease of 7.18 students.

•Approved the first reading of a revised policy on tobacco/nicotine that adds cigarette look-a-likes to the prohibition of tobacco on school grounds.

•Approved the annual appointment of members of the career and technical education advisory committee.

•Approved a day-long band trip to Chicago to attend a performance of "Phantom of the Opera."

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