School land to be sold in September

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Carroll school officials expect to auction off land behind the former Hillsville Elementary School this September, the school board learned Aug. 9.
Superintendent Greg Smith offered an update on arranging the sale of three tracts amounting to a little less than four acres.
After about a year of work, Smith said the sale of the property behind the Grover King Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1115 is almost ready to go.
“We have employed Tom Jackson’s [law] firm, as well as an auctioneer to move forward with the sale of the property.
Land with comparable values have been located and a survey has been done on the plot to be sold, he said. School officials will proceed with the sale as soon as possible, possibly in mid-September.
Educators have the approval of the Carroll Board of Supervisors to sell the land, the superintendent said. They used what the Code of Virginia said about disposing land as a guide.
The tract has public access from Veterans Street.
On Jan. 13, the county supervisors approved the school board’s request to declare the property in question surplus, “under the conditions that a public offering for sale will be made,” according to information from the county board.

The school system will handle the property sale, the information adds. The approval item noted the county would incur no cost in relation to the land sale.

This involves three pieces of land — 1.861 acres, 2.09 acres and 0.25 acre — according to information from the school board.

The school system would retain the right to park school buses on this property, the information states.

“Proceeds from the sale will be deposited into a capital improvement fund to be used for new school construction, school renovation or major school improvement projects,” according to the information.