At a special called meeting for the Madison County Board of Education on Thursday, the board approved the purchase of 37.12 acres and the adjacent 25-foot strip of land located on Goggins Lane in Richmond for the sum of $1.7 million and authorized the board share to execute all documents, agreements, and contracts associated with this.
“This purchase price does include all of our utilities: our electric, our sewer, our water, all of these which are able to tap into on the property,” Brandon Rutherford said. “That is just going to be a cost-saving feature which is included in the price.”
Site development, as far as grading and deadlines for the grading to happen, will also be included, and two access roads.
The land will be used for the Madison Middle Project, meaning it will be the home of the new Madison Middle School.
“As a parent with a child at Madison Middle, this is desperately needed,” Chair Lori Cobb said.
“By replacing the school, the cost benefits of the more efficient new building will offset,” Rutherford said. Saying he knew there was a constant need for renovations at the school.
This will include athletic facilities and the new school, which the board was excited about because the current Madison Middle is the only middle school in Madison County which does not have a field for sports teams to practice on.
“A great thing about Madison Middle being at this location is the fact that the feeder schools, which are Whitehall Elementary, Kit Carson Elementary, and Kirksville Elementary, it is so close to those feeder schools,” Beth Brock said. Rutherford added it would also help to keep away from downtown congestion as well.
“I appreciate everyone involved in this making sure that we have done what’s best for our students, and our teachers,” Samantha Burford said.
The vote to approve the purchase of the land was unanimous. The board then voted to approve the BG-1 for the site purchase, and the motion was carried.