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School district wants to build new middle school in Forsyth

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Maroa-Forsyth School District hopes to build a new middle school on Village-owned land within the next 15 years.

At the May 16 Village Board meeting, Maroa-Forsyth School Superintendent Mike Williams and Board of Education President Jimmy Peck discussed the district’s long-range plans to replace its current junior high school, the oldest building within the school district, with a new middle school. They expressed the district’s wish to enter into an agreement with Forsyth to purchase more Village-owned land as a site for the school, specifically a parcel of the proposed Prairie Winds subdivision near the new grade school that opened in 2009.

At the meeting, Village Administrator Heather Kimmons told trustees that the former real estate listing agreement for Lot One of the property has expired after one year with no takers. Trustees took no action on renewing the realtor’s contract, but did ask Kimmons to advertise the acreage on the Village website and post a “For Sale” sign at the site.

Trustee Marilyn Johnson said the Village is interested in the school district’s needs. She and other trustees assured Maroa-Forsyth School Superintendent Mike Williams that land acquisition by the school district will be a priority for the Board members when the time comes for a decision.

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