City to buy 2 more homes: School board acquires land for future expansion

Two more homes near Center Grove High School could soon be owned by the school district.

The Center Grove school board approved getting appraisals and moving ahead with the purchase of two homes along Morgantown Road, near the high school.

The two homes, at 2786 and 2836 S. Morgantown Road, are across the street from the high school and in line with the school district’s plan to buy properties near the school for future expansions.

In recent years, the school district has purchased or approved purchasing at least 13 properties in that area around the high school, Center Grove Middle School Central and Center Grove Elementary School.

School officials have said that area is landlocked, and buying land now allows the school district to have property for future expansions as needed.

Two key areas the school district has focused on is along Morgantown Road, and the Pennington Estates neighborhood, located just south of the high school.

School officials have been watching for properties to go up for sale, and talking with landowners who approach them interested in selling.

In August, the school board approved purchasing two other homes, one on Morgantown Road and the other in Pennington Estates.

The two most recent properties are both homes. One is on less than one-third of an acre, the other is on a little more than an acre, according to property records. The school district already owns four other properties on that stretch of road, property records show.

With these two properties, the school district would own almost all the properties, except two, west of the high school along Morgantown Road, between the Kensington Grove neighborhood and the intersection with Stones Crossing Road, assistant superintendent Bill Long told school board members.

Both homes would need to have two appraisals, and whatever price the school district pays cannot exceed the average of those two values, under state law.

No immediate plans have been made for how the school district would use the properties.

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Annie Goeller is managing editor of the Daily Journal. She can be reached at agoeller@dailyjournal.net or 317-736-2718.