By KEITH GILLETT
The Mascoutah District 19 School Board is buying land north of Mascoutah Middle School for a future Mascoutah Elementary School.
The board authorized District Superintendent Dr. Craig Fiegel to enter into an agreement to purchase 67.86 acres of land for $1,059,593. The land is located in three parcels of 28.32 acres, 19.58 acres and 19.96 acres, north of the current Mascoutah Middle School. Purchase of the property was to be finalized on Dec. 1.
The property is expected to be the future location for a new Mascoutah Elementary School. The Board has been meeting in executive sessions for the past three meetings to discuss and finalize the purchase.
The board’s motion authorizes the district to lease the property “until such time the District would need the property for District Development,” according to the resolution.
The administration will be working with Kevin Dawson of Binsbacher, Dawson and Henke LLC to prepare a lease and help the district find a renter to farm the acreage until the district needs the land. No timetable was given as to when the district intends to use the property.