School District purchases land
The Basehor-Linwood School District has reached an agreement with a Basehor couple to purchase 15 acres of land directly west of the high school.
The land was purchased from John and Janice Albertson. The 15 acres cost approximately $135,000, roughly $9,000 an acre.
"It's adjacent to our land which gives us all kinds of options," said Don Swartz, Basehor-Linwood School District director of building operations.
"This land gives us a multitude of things we can use it for," he added.
Yet school officials already have a purpose in mind for the land: construction of new soccer fields and perhaps tennis courts.
No plans have been made for construction of the new soccer fields, school officials said.
Basehor-Linwood High School soccer games are currently played at Wyandotte County Park. The school does not have a tennis team.
One area the new land will not be used for is a new Basehor-Linwood Middle School.
The school district is scheduled to pose a bond issue to Basehor-Linwood voters in coming months. The bond issue would cover costs for renovation of Glenwood, Basehor and Linwood elementary schools as well as the construction of a new middle school.
"(The land) was never thought of for the bond issue or any kind of a building to be on there," Swartz said. "All of our thoughts have been geared toward physical education.
"There is absolutely no intention of putting any kind of building that would be inhabited by students on there."
Swartz said the school district has not made any purchase agreements for the new middle school land. Negotiations still continue, Swartz said.
The school district will need at least a 40-acre tract for the new school, and ideally that land would be located between Basehor and Linwood, Swartz said.
"We've looked at every piece of land south of 24/40," he said.