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Kalispell Schools Look At Two Properties

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Kalispell Superintendent Darlene Schottle is saying it's "almost a certainty" that the district is going to need more space.

Now they're taking steps towards actually breaking ground.

The first place the school board is thinking about is off Airport Road. It's a little more than 25 acres, right across from the Ashley Park subdivision, and down the road from the wastewater treatment plant.

Option number two is about the same size over on Cemetery Road. Parts of it touch the bypass.

"We continue to grow and that at some point in the future it is almost a certainty that our school district is going to need to expand into another school setting," said Schottle.

When that will actually happen is unclear.

"I think that's why they're considering it even at this time although the school will be a little ways into the future, is that we're still in a situation here where prices are still very fair," explained Schottle.

The properties are actually located pretty close together.

Schottle says if they end up going with the Cemetery Road option, they'll have to talk with the neighboring Lakeside-Somers school district to work out some sort of joint agreement.

Schottle puts the cost of land in either case between $375,000 and $420,000, but the total cost is still a mystery since hook-up fees haven't been set yet.

Whatever that turns out to be, Schottle says that any land purchase wouldn't cost the tax payer a dime because the district already has the money saved.

She's hopeful the board will make a decision between the two at the next board meeting, in less than two weeks, so people can vote for or against the deal on the May ballot.

Catch the Fox Montana News @ Nine and we'll tell you about another issue that's going to be on the ballot that could cost you.

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