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Waynesboro Area School District to buy land near school

Agreement stipulates the school district will pay $9,000 for property on Fairview Avenue

August 27, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — The Waynesboro Area School District will purchase land adjacent to Fairview Elementary School under an agreement approved Tuesday by the school board.

The Waynesboro Area School Board voted 8-0 to sign a contract for land that has not been and will not be appraised. The agreement stipulates the school district will pay $9,000 for the property on Fairview Avenue.

The sale price was determined by the seller, according to school board Vice President Ed Wilson.

Wilson said the vacant, residential land is about 40 to 50 feet wide on the elementary school’s south side.

He said it will probably be used some day to expand the parking area.

“There is limited space in the front of Fairview Elementary School,” Superintendent Sherian Diller said.

Buses and passenger vehicles use the parking lot, she said.

“It’s not a big parcel, but it’d give us an opportunity down the road to expand the parking lot,” Wilson said.

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The school board had an opportunity to buy the property several years ago and passed it up, Wilson said.

He said he did not agree with that decision.

A copy of the sale agreement lists George F. Henicle as the seller. It states the parties did not use the services of a real estate agent or broker.

In other business at its Tuesday meeting, the school board heard from school principals who shared information about the start of classes for 2013-14. The principals reported good attendance at back-to-school nights and an overall smooth start to the year.

“The first two days were great,” said Steve Pappas, the new principal of Waynesboro Area Senior High School.

High school senior Claire Martin asked the school board to reconsider changes to the district’s dress code.

“During our years at school, we discover who we are and who we want to be,” she said, showing clothes and accessories she feels should be allowed.

Pappas said the high school had three or four dress-code violations reported in the first two days.

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