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August 17, 2017 Elementary building, ball fields one step closer to being Ainsworth’s
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In a busy night for the Highland School Board, discussion over the bids for the Ainsworth ball fields and old elementary building moved forward pretty smoothly.

Two bids were received for each the ball fields and the building: one from the city of Ainsworth and one from Becky Knebel. The city bid $1 for each, while Knebel bid $6,000 for the ball fields and $6,500 for the building.

In the bids submitted by Knebel, she said she would use the ball fields for tournaments and practices and the building for possible retail or residential use, with the gym maintaining its use as a gym.

Robinson expressed some apprehension about Knebel’s bids, specifically for the ball field. In response, Superintendent Mike Jorgensen gave his two cents on the matter.

“The city of Ainsworth is the safe bid from the standpoint that there’s a relationship that could be established there. I do not know this individual. I don’t know their abilities to maintain and keep those facilities, but the one other thing that I have a little bit of concern (about) is that is going to be a bus pickup point,” he said.

“When there’s inclement weather it would be nice if we had access to that building for kids to go inside. I think we would have a very good chance of that with the city of Ainsworth.”

The district made the latter point a part of the proposed contract. In both agreements, the district would also have the right of first negotiation. The board members moved to recommend that the building and ball fields be sold to Ainsworth for $1 apiece. The former passed 4-2, Lois Schneider and Nate Robinson opposed, and the latter 5-1, Lois Schneider opposed.

There will be a public hearing at the next regular board meeting September 11, after which the agreement can be formally voted on by the school board. It will also need to be passed by the Ainsworth City Council.

In a continuing effort to empty out the old building, a sale of obsolete equipment at the school will be held from 9 a.m. to noon August 28. A list of items for sale can be found at the district website.

Principal Jane O’Leary also said that the staff have been working hard to get everything ready to go at Highland Elementary and said the start of the year ice cream social will be held August 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

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