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Committee advises school board not to pursue Twombly property


November 05, 2009
ALTON — The Alton School Board's Buildings and Grounds Committee voted during its Nov. 4 meeting to recommend that the board not pursue the purchase of land next year in support of a large-scale renovation project.

The committee initially stated in September that if district officials were successful in obtaining a waiver from the state Department of Education allowing the Alton Central School to continue operating at its present location, it might advise the school board to pursue the purchase of the 10-acre Twombly property on Depot Street as a future site for athletic fields (giving the district room to add onto Alton Central).

Given the current state of the economy and recent comments from residents opposed to the idea of any big-ticket expenditures on next year's school district Warrant, however, committee member Thad Guldbrandsen suggested Wednesday night that the board table any discussion of a land purchase for the time being.

Instead, Guldbrandsen recommended that the committee and the board adopt the timeline proposed by Chip Krause of CMK Architects, who suggested waiting until 2011 to put forth a Warrant article for renovations.

The committee voted unanimously in favor of both of Guldbrandsen's motions.

A more detailed re-cap of the Nov. 4 meeting will appear in the Nov. 12 edition of The Baysider.

Brendan Berube can be reached at 569-3126 or bberube@salmonpress.com

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