School system to sell three tracts

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

HILLSVILLE — Educators have the go-ahead from the Carroll supervisors to sell surplus land and put the proceeds toward school construction.
The Carroll School Board last September voted to accept sealed bids on property amounting to a little less than four acres behind the former Hillsville Elementary School on Oak 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.
Schools Superintendent Greg Smith said the plans for the property sale are being finalized, and it's likely to take place at the end of March or early April.
The money, as allowed by state code, will be used for one-time maintenance projects like putting on a roof, paving a parking lot, window replacement or other necessary capital improvements.
"We're very pleased the Carroll Board of Supervisors have worked cooperatively with us in this venture," Smith said. "We're also pleased the proceeds will go to very badly needed capital improvement projects with in the public schools."