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APS agrees to deal with Meijer for land sale option

February 18, 2013
Nicole Grulke - News Staff Writer , The Alpena News

ALPENA - Alpena Public Schools Board of Education approved a land sale option of 1.44 acres to Meijer Inc. of Grand Rapids on Monday. This piece of land is located parallel to the old railroad grade behind Thunder Bay Junior High.

Meijer recommended a purchase price of $75,000. The approval is for an option to sell and the company has six months to buy the land. The sale of the property is based on the due diligence of Meijer and can be terminated if problems arise with the site.

Diane Block, assistant superintendent for operations and Title I Director said the contract has been examined by attorneys, and recommended that the board move to pass the option to sell. Block also said the property originally was purchased with bond issue funds and therefore the funds potentially acquired from the sale could be used toward whatever the board would approve for the schools.

"The original purchase was $3,000 for 30 acres, and that was 16 years ago" Block said.

The board also discussed the effects of Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget. Superintendent Brent Holcomb said Snyder's recommendations would not amount to an increase in funding. He projected the school would lose approximately $2 per student which, added to the loss from lower enrollment, would put the deficit at the end of the year to around $500,000.

Block said the schools are "probably looking at an all-time high of $275,000 in diesel fuel costs if prices stay as they are." She also said whether the millage passes or fails, the board still will have to file a deficit plan, it is just the content of the plan that will be determined based on the millage outcome.

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