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Auburn City Schools is poised to acquire some new property, but what that property will be used for has yet to be determined.

The Auburn City Schools Board of Education voted 5-0 to approve a property purchase agreement between the Board and Owens Family Partnership LLC for 128 acres located east of North Donahue Drive.

Superintendent Cristen Herring asked for permission to execute the agreement, in the amount of $5.2 million, on behalf of the school board. 

A roughly 45-minute-long executive session was subsequently held to discuss the motion. The motion was approved during the regular meeting, following the executive session. 

Board members did not publicly discuss the motion before the vote. 

Asked for comment on the motion via e-mail, board member Kathy Powell deferred questions to ACS spokesman Dan Chesser. Board member Bill Hutto said the purchase is to “support and facilitate our Facilities Plan 2028,” and referred to Chesser for further details. Other Board members did not respond to emailed requests for comment. 

A representative of Owens Family Partnership LLC declined to comment. 

Speaking after the meeting, Herring said there is no immediate plan for the property, but that it would be used for capital projects and facility improvements.

“We are acquiring additional property on the north side of school for facility expansion to meet the needs of our growing community,” Herring said.

Asked if that meant the erection of a new school, Herring said: “The capital plan is posted on our website and there is school expansion that is planned to meet the projected enrollment growth.”

“So,” Herring continued, “while there is no timeline or immediate plan to provide for you this evening, it is for capital projects and facility improvements that will be needed over time.”

The property doesn’t have a street address, according to Herring. Chesser said there was no set closing date on the property as of Monday.

The next school board meeting is set for 6 p.m. May 11.

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