L.I.S.D. Purchases Land for New High School for Un-Disclosed Price, LIVINGSTON, March 20, 2008 - The Livingston Independent School District has purchased land located on 350 South about 1/4 mile off of US 190. The price for the 72 acre piece of land was not disclosed as further negotiations involving land in the area continue. UPDATE: According to Dr. Myers, the price of the land was $15,500 per acre. The land would accomodate the new high school which is to be built if the May 10th bond election passes. The following is a press release from LISD regarding the purchased land:
Livingston ISD has purchased the land that the proposed new high school will be built upon if the bond election is passed by the voters on May 10. The 72 acre piece of land is located on 350 South and is about ¼ mile from 190. The land is on the right side of the road when heading South from 190 and is large enough to accommodate a school of the proposed size and allow for future growth and expansion.
Livingston ISD will be working with the Texas Department of Transportation to develop the possible place for multiple entrances and school zones and is working to ensure that traffic flow to and from the building is safe and orderly for our busses, students, and faculty members. This land will also allow us to benefit from city water and sewer and will be easy to find for our out of town visitors.
Why did Livingston ISD purchase land prior to the bond election passing? The Livingston ISD board of trustees has been looking to purchase land within the city limits for several years, and the availability of land that meets the size requirements of our needs is diminishing rapidly. We believe that is important for us to have land that can be accessed by the city sewer and water that will allow for some sort of expansion, whether that be a new high school facility or another educational building. With the diminishing availability of land and the rising prices, our board felt it best to act promptly to make the wisest investment for our local taxpayers.
If the bond does not pass, what will happen to the land that Livingston ISD has purchased?Our district is expected to grow in many areas over the coming years. We will try to meet those needs through the addition of campus facilities, and will go to the voters to address those needs on this new land. This particular piece of land would suffice for an elementary school if the voters do not vote to build a high school at this time.
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