Hartselle school system backs out of land dealPublished 12:20pm Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Hartselle City Schools will not pursue the purchase of property adjacent to Barkley Bridge Elementary School.
School Superintendent Dr. Vic Wilson said the property would cost too much to make the land usable for the school system.
“It’s not a good piece of property for us to use,” Wilson said. “We would have to do too much site preparation to make it usable for us. It’s just not cost effective for us to purchase that property.”
A study presented to the Hartselle Board of Education in December showed that the some of the land was located in a flood plain, while other areas would need soil replacement to be able to handle another school building.
“That doesn’t mean that the property is a bad piece of property,” Wilson said. “It’s fine for what it’s current use, which is a homestead and a small farm, but it just will not work for our needs.”