CV FBC proposes buying land from Highland Schools

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Morris Street with First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village spoke to the Highland School Board June 29 about his church’s desire to purchase a portion of property which belongs to the schools in order to expand the church parking.
Lauren Siebert

New hires, property lines and resignations were among the topics of discussion during the Highland School Board regular meeting June 29.

The meeting began with a presentation by Morris Street who was serving as a representative for the First Baptist Church of Cherokee Village.

The church is located adjacent to the Cherokee Village Elementary and borders the property on the right hand side when facing the school.

Street said his church recently had a survey done as they were looking to expand, however; during the survey, discovered they had previously built on school property when placing their driveway years ago.

During the survey, they took a look at where the property lines lie and what ground they have to work with. Street said as the congregation continues to grow, so do the parking needs of the church. Over the years, the school and church have shared parking, but Street said his church would like to purchase land from the school which sits between the church building and school parking lot.

“The church’s future plan is to build a church building and the playground would be on the part by the gym. Even it would be on the school’s property a little,” Street said, as he explained additional reasons why the church wanted to purchase the land.

After a discussion, the board told Street to have footage markers placed in the vicinity for which his church would like to purchase. Although they were able to see the property on Google Maps, by placing markers which would indicate 20, 25 and possibly 30 to 35 feet, the board would be able to have a better idea of what the church was requesting.

The board then entered into executive session for approximately an hour. Upon reconvening, they then approved reassignments of certain employee duties, reclassifications, resignations and new-hires.

The board then discussed changes to school policy, student handbooks and more. Some of the changes included changes which will affect the high school as the days will change from eight period days to seven.

Other changes included changes to the school’s tobacco and tobacco products policy, student medication policy, the banning of energy drinks and changes to the dress code.

The board then approved multiple bids for items such as paper products, propane services and more.

They also voted to move their regular meeting days to the third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The next regular Highland School Board meeting will be July 18 at 6 p.m. at the central office.

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