|The recently purchased property at the corner of Watkins Hill Road and Bethel-New Richmond Road is part of a School Board practice dating back to 2004 to buy adjacent property as it becomes available.|
As a result of that decision, NREVSD purchased the Wolf property in front of the high school in July of 2005 and the Ginn property on Watkins Hill Road in 2007. Structures on those properties were removed. In addition, the school district has invested $5.2 million on projects at NRHS such as asbestos removal, outside masonry replacement, HVAC replacement, and the baseball/softball athletic complex.
“The present location of New Richmond High School likely will be the location of our high school for the next 50 years,” noted NREVSD Supt. Adam Bird. “The close proximity of property along Watkins Hill Road to the high school leaves the District with no room for future expansion.”
Acquiring the 5 properties on the west side of NRHS would increase the border line from 12 feet away to approximately 150 feet and would leave the district with future flexibility and space on the west side of campus.
“Adding this additional property to what the district has already purchased is a decision the administration and School Board felt was in the best interest of the school district,” said Bird.
The Board was able to purchase this property for less than its appraised value and is currently seeking a tenant to rent.