Board member Anwar Khoury favors using the old high school site.
Staff also favor using the site since it’s already in the district’s possession. Wild says it’s imperative the board ultimately make a decision soon as it looks also toward applying for a federal Defense Community Infrastructure Pilot Program (DCIP). Those projects must be construction-ready within 12 months of an award being granted.
But others, including board member Mark Hatcher believe the district should hold true on its promise to sell the property to the city, despite the disagreements by the two entities.
Board member Butler says the board shouldn’t be held up by what the city wants to do.
The Junction City Library is also eyeing a portion of the former high school property to construct a new library. The city, if it acquires the property has floated the idea of the site becoming home to a new sports complex and aquatic center.
City and USD 475 staff are planning to revisit negotiations on terms of the sale agreement Oct. 17.