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Glenwood School District Finalizes Property Purchase

By Joel Stevens, Associate Editor

    The Glenwood Community School District has wrapped up the purchase of a parcel of land that will serve as the future home of the district’s bus barn and maintenance facility.
    The district completed the $300,000 purchase of the former Evans Equipment property located at 601 Railroad Avenue on Dec. 1. The district plans to transition the current bus and maintenance facility, dubbed the “bus barn” and located adjacent to Northeast Elementary School, to the new site over the next three months.
    The district had looked at several options for improving the current landlocked bus barn site, including building a new facility on current school property, before setting its sights on the Evans property. The current bus barn has limited accessibility that causes major traffic snarls before and after school and lacks needed garage space for repair work on the district’s bus fleet.
    The 4.45-acre Railroad Avenue property offers three times the current bus parking and interior maintenance space. Embray said the plan for the office area is to combine the district’s maintenance, transportation and buildings and grounds departments all under the same roof.
    “This gives us expansion room; room to grow,” said Embray. “We’re pretty cramped over at Northeast. The best part of the move is that we will have the ability to bring some support offices together, maintenance, transportation and buildings and grounds. That, and the shop area for the buses are a huge advantage. We can now bring our buses inside to be worked on in the winter without having to leave the doors open because they wouldn’t fit at the old location.”
    The district is planning about $100,000 in additional  improvements to the site  including an office and maintenance shop remodel, grading and gravel work and new fencing.
    Funds for the purchase came from the district’s School Infrastructure Local Option  (SILO) sales tax monies.