Talking to Summit Health about the availability of 14-acre wooded lot near the John L. Grove Medical Center.
Finding a new home for wrestling practice.
Selling 45 acres the district owns on the other side of Leitersburg Street from the school campus.
Those were some of the main talking points to come out of a Greencastle-Antrim School Board facilities meeting Tuesday evening. The conversations and ideas were fairly general as the board continues to look at crowded schools and lack of administrative space.
Brad Graham, Antrim Township administrator, talked about the parcel of land off Eastern Avenue near the medical center. Graham, who is aware of the district’s space crunch, said a light bulb went off in his head after he had a casual conversation with a Summit Health official, although the land is not currently being marketed for sale.
The 14 acres abuts school district property at the rear of the Tayamentasachta environmental center and could be connected via a limited access drive.
In addition, he noted that the 45 acres off Leitersburg Street is a marketable property for the district.
Graham and Jolinda “JC” Wilson, the district’s chief financial officer, also talked about the possibility of the township loaning money to the district for a building. This has been mentioned over the years. Graham noted the school district could borrow at a lower interest rate and the township would get a higher interest rate than through conventional means.
“How can we use township reserves to benefit us all?” Graham asked.
Wilson also reviewed facilities assessments previously presented by consultants, including short-term and long-term goals and enrollment “trigger-points” for when to add modular classrooms or additions.
Although enrollment has not escalated as quickly as predicted at one point, space is still at a premium, especially for administrative offices. For example, Dr. Kendra Trail, superintendent, is in the high school, Dr. Ed Crider, chief educational officer, is in the primary school, and Wilson is at Tayamentasachta.
“If I want to see JC, I have to hop in the car and go to the farm,” Trail said.
One place to squeeze out some space is the wrestling practice room, located in the primary building, according to Crider. Board members indicated at the meeting they would be interested in finding a nearby location for wrestling practice, such as at St. Mark’s, the Catholic church across Ridge Avenue from the school complex.