CHEROKEE — Southeast school district is giving property to one city and receiving a building from another city.
At a special meeting called by the school board Monday night, members approved the legal description to give property to the city of McCune. The board also agreed to move forward with potentially accepting a building at 202 W. Pine Street from the city of Cherokee.
“It is something that we have that we don’t need,” said Cherokee Mayor Dale Thompson, who said the building was previously a church, donated before his tenure 11 years ago.
Superintendent of Schools Brad Miner said the building needs “minor plumbing.” The space will serve as a multipurpose room. Its first use allows wrestling practice to move from the middle school cafeteria to the roughly 4,000 square foot building.
The contract would be nullified if the district uses the space for anything other than educational purposes.
The board also approved the legal language to give property behind the old elementary school and a parking lot across the street to the city of McCune. The elementary was closed roughly two years ago — the board already agreed to give the property away last year. This was just acceptance of the terms.
“We’re happy to give this ground to the city of McCune so they can make use of it,” Miner said.
The land includes a football field and walking track.
“We are just planning on maintaining and improving it,” said McCune Mayor Tosh Kluber. “We’ll probably put some benches and lights around it.”
Kluber said the parking lot across the street would likely be used for overflow parking for events at the nearby community center.
— Michael Stavola is a staff writer at The Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @MichaelStavola1.