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Grayson begins search for new school site

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

INDEPENDENCE — Cassell Real Estate Services will research and obtain suitable property for a new school in the eastern end of Grayson County.

The company's fee of 6 percent of the purchase price was the lowest of three agents who submitted bids to the Grayson School Board for consideration.

The new school is part of Phase II of the school system's long-range facilities update plan.

Phase II is scheduled to begin next year, after Grayson Highlands School is complete and renovations and additions to Fries Middle School are finished next spring.

Phase II includes a new K-7 school in eastern Grayson that will replace Baywood and Fairview elementaries — similar to the new school currently under construction in western Grayson.

School Board Vice Chair Shannon Holdaway motioned to approve using Cassell Real Estate Services during the board's regular meeting July 14. Board Member Gary Burris seconded.

When called to vote, the motion passed with Holdaway, Burris and Board Member Hobert Bailey voting in favor. School Board Chairwoman Misty Cassell abstained from voting due to a conflict of interest, and Board Member Wynn Combs was absent.

Cassell Real Estate Services was also the agency that represented the school system during Phase I.