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Sale of Middle School Property Approved For $170,000

By Staff | Dec 18, 2008

With little fanfare, the Emmetsburg Community Scho-ols Board of Education accepted Casey’s General Stores’ offer of $170,000 and approved the sale of school lots located north of the existing Middle School property (Lots 1 and 2 and the north half of Lots 3 and 6).

A public hearing on the sale of the property was conducted prior to the regular board meeting, however no comment was heard or submitted.

According to Casey’s representative Joanne Dyer, Casey’s has plans to replace the existing Casey’s General Store (located at the corner of Main and Lawler) with a newly built 40-feet by 92-feet structure similar to the new Casey’s store in Ankeny.

“Casey’s will maintain the same hours and still carry all the items they have before–pizzas and donuts–but there will be more room and more fuel pumps,” said Dyer, who noted that the existing underground fuel tanks would also be replaced to the west of the property.

Superintendent John Joynt noted that the purchase agreement, which was to be signed by both parties, agreed that construction on the new Casey’s store will not start prior to June 2009.

With no discussion by the board, board member Steve Pelzer moved to accept the offer from Casey’s, with Dave VanOosbree seconding the motion. The motion passed on a unanimous roll call vote.

“We’ll get the agreement signed tonight, then Casey’s will start working with the City and do whatever it takes to do soil tests and other things that go along with it,” said Joynt.

He added, “Before we officially close, we’ll probably have a special meeting. There’s some official resolutions that the board passes to give the board president and board secretary the power to sign the deed and deliver the deed when we get paid.”

In other business, Joynt updated the board on the Middle School construction project. Currently, white boards, cabinets, and fire alarms are being installed throughout the new Middle School. Cleaning crews are going through the school washing the rooms down.

The new Middle School gymnasium, however, will not be finished until Feb. 1.

“We’re planning on holding an open house for the public at the new Middle School on Monday, Jan. 5, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.,” Joynt stated.

Principal Jay Jurrens added that Middle School students will begin moving in to their new classrooms on Friday, Dec. 19. The students will move classroom items throughout the morning and enjoy pizza at lunchtime. Students will then return to their old Middle School classrooms for holiday parties. Heavy items, like desks, will be moved in over the Christmas break.

According to Jurrens, Middle School students will use the high school gymnasium for approximately one month until the Middle School gymnasium is completed.