The site of the old Exira Elementary School will be put to good use following a decision Monday evening by the Exira-EHK School Board to sell the land for development. Superintendent Dean Schnoes told KJAN News the Board agreed to sell the property for $5,000. The land was purchased by area resident Marvin Jorgenson. Along with the purchase price, Jorgenson agree to set aside an endowment, but the exact amount is not known at this point.
On June 1st, a controlled burn used as a training exercise for area firefighters brought the nearly century-old building down. And while many people were sad to see the structure go, Schnoes said the land will spring to life with many more opportunities for the community. He said plans call for the land to be used for a retirement home/assisted living facility, and/or a medical facility.
Schnoes said “I think it’s a win-win for everybody.” In other business, the Board voted to retain Kevin Petersen as President and Terri Harris as Vice-President. Schnoes said also an on-going problem with a leak in one of the district’s buildings that has never been resolved has forced the matter to be taken to the district’s attorney.
A leak on the roof at the Exira Middle School has been a thorn in the district’s side for about the past three years, ever since there was remodeling and construction. Schnoes said it’s gotten to the point where everybody involved has said “It’s not their issue anymore.”
Schnoes said also, they’re working on getting final bids for the new baseball field scoreboard, new lights and infield sod. They might even remodel or construct a new concessions stand, restrooms and stands.