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District will sell 4 acres to county

Lake Tahoe Unified School District board members have agreed to sell a 4-acre plot of land where the county plans to build a juvenile hall.

Tuesday’s 5-0 vote allows El Dorado County officials to negotiate purchase terms for the property with Diane Scheerhorn, Lake Tahoe Unified School District superintendent.

“Hopefully we can get it settled very quickly,” Scheerhorn said. “There are a number of issues in the contract we have to solve.”

The district-owned land is adjacent to South Shore’s El Dorado County Jail. If a juvenile hall is built there, it could share the jail’s laundry, kitchen and medical facilities. An alternate site at the corner of Al Tahoe and Johnson Boulevard will also be considered.

“We view this as another positive step forward in the overall project,” said Gregory Sly, deputy chief probation officer. “The environmental analysis has to be complete before a final site is determined, but this is a very important site to be considered.”

In May, the California Board of Corrections gave the county $4 million to build a juvenile facility. Officials have hired an architectural firm to design a 40-bed hall with an estimated cost of $9 million.

County officials have said that money is already set aside for the project that will more than match the state grant. Terms of the grant require the facility to open by September 2005.

Plans to build a juvenile hall at South Lake Tahoe have been in the works since 1998. A consultant’s report released in January highlighted the need for a South Shore juvenile facility.

The report pointed out that juveniles who commit crimes are most often cited and released because there is no place to take them into custody. The unwritten rule has been to only transport children who commit serious felonies to the county’s 40-bed juvenile hall in Placerville.

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