Douglas superintendent seeks community input on sale of Kingsbury Middle School
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The Douglas County School District plans to sell the Kingsbury Middle School building and property, and superintendent Lisa Noonan is inviting input from the community on the sale.
“Right now the board’s direction is they want to sell it,” Noonan said. “I feel like I have the obligation to try and get the word out.”
Two parents, Greg Felton and Andy Dauscher, attended a Thursday night meeting, which Noonan called “the very first step in the process.”
Possibilities for sale of the school discussed during the meeting and an earlier boosters club meeting included universities, music schools, senior centers, housing and Douglas County.
At the meeting, Noonan said the property has not had an appraisal and that she was not sure of the zoning. The buildings do need code repairs to be used as a school again and they could use new roofs, estimated in 2008 to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars, Noonan said. Noonan did not want the property’s problems or zoning restrictions to discourage input from the community, she said.
“I didn’t want to come to this meeting and shoot down anyone’s idea,” Noonan said. “I thought we’d get the brains going and then I’d go back and sort.”
As the closure of the school drew a lot of attention from the community, Greg Felton blamed the low attendance of the meeting on a couple of factors.
“One, I think is the first word about this came on Tuesday,” he said. “Two is a lot of very vocal parents are out chaperoning the kids. They’re on a field trip right now.”
Felton was somewhat surprised that the decision to sell the school had seemingly already been made, he said. With the bad economy, other options should be explored as well, he said.
“The way I’m hoping this is presented to the board is, ‘Here we have this asset and what are the options?’ It may be that we sell, but not without looking at all the possibilities.”
The next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 1 at the Douglas High School Library in Minden, Nev