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Ellsworth referendum property purchase approved

A purchase agreement for property was approved by the Ellsworth School Board in a closed session Monday.

The property would be used by the local school district for transportation and maintenance purposes if a facilities referendum passes in a vote set for Tuesday, Feb. 18, Superintendent Barry Cain said yesterday. Indeed, the purchase is contingent upon district voters passing that referendum, Cain said.

The former Astleford International west of Ellsworth at W7735 520th Ave. is the parcel specified in the agreement, he said. It consists of two lots for a total of approximately 11 acres. It’s located near Pierce Pepin Cooperative Services headquarters.

Four sites had been under consideration for relocating the present school bus garage away from the school campus in the village, which the facilities referendum proposes. The Astleford site was the only one of the four with an existing building on it. That structure has been thought to be somewhat suitable for the district’s needs.

The superintendent said earlier $1.3 million of the total facilities amount in this referendum has been budgeted for the transportation and maintenance aspect.

For more please read the January 15 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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