Decatur schools put a contract on more land

During an executive session July 14, Decatur’s school board approved entering into a contract for purchasing 2 more acres on Talley Street, contiguous to 4 acres the school system put under contract last month. The combined 6 acres is more appropriate for the size school Superintendent Phyllis Edwards hopes to build.

The price tag is $1.15 million per acre. As with the previous property, City Schools Decatur has until March 2016, to close.

While she’ll no longer be superintendent, Edwards still envisions a combo K-3 school and 4/5 Academy on the site. She admitted there are two huge contingencies. Purchasing the land is dependent on voters approving a $75 million general obligation bond in November and also on an environmental study. The area’s history is hazy, though at one time it was an automobile junkyard.

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