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With approval in hand, Corvallis Schools can start planning to use new land

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CORVALLIS - Corvallis School administrators say they're ready to get to work on detailed plans, now that voters have approved a proposal to purchase a critical piece of land. 

This week, voters approved a five-year building reserve levy, allowing the district to buy 21-acres of soon-to-be-vacated land from Ravalli Electric Cooperative, which is right next to the school campus.

"I personally want to thank all the people who did vote, regardless of how they voted. I'm just glad that we had such a high turnout for the levy issue and the votes that were cast that way. It's fantastic just to see the participation level that was there," said Corvallis Schools Superintendent Tim Johnson.

School leaders felt the land offered a unique opportunity because Ravalli Electric Co-op will leave behind 21,000 square feet of buildings that can be used for instructional space, helping with crowding at the Corvallis Primary School and replacing older buildings currently used for administration, storage and operations. It also secures five-acres that have been used for ball-fields for the past 30 years.

"Between the purchase process and actually physically taking possession of the property will take about a year-and-a-half. The REC is going to be on the property for the time being until about the summer of 2019. So during that time, we're going to be doing a lot of detail planning related to the property and our existing campus as well. So we're going to get real detailed that way," Johnson said.

The District will pay $1.7 million for the land, borrowing the money from the state and then paying it back with the levy proceeds. 

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