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Failed land deal draws questions
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Saying the county has paid way above market value for other school properties, School Board member Tanya Bess wonders why the Board of Education is balking when it comes to purchasing extra land around Irving College School – land she believes is necessary for the $3 million expansion project to succeed.“These are long-term plans,” said Bess in asking fellow School Board members to authorize the purchase of 10 acres that border the school property. “This school is going to be there for the next 25 years.”Her motion to back funding for the land at $15,000 an acre went without a second as her fellow board members were not keen on the idea.“What is $150,000 in a $3 million expansion?” Bess asked, pointing out that not purchasing the land could lead to space issues.“There will be site constraints,” said Irving College principal Mike Mansfield, who added there is concern about having enough land should the present sewer fail.The decision not to purchase the 10 acres came much to the chagrin of County Commissioner Randy England, who serves the Irving College area.“I think the School Board needs to reconsider their position,” England said.