Norman school board supports land purchase near Longfellow Middle School

Two properties for sale near Longfellow Middle School may be purchased by the Norman School District to give the school more room for expansion.
BY JANE GLENN CANNON jcannon@opubco.com Published: May 9, 2012
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School board members have approved two resolutions to pave the way for Norman Public Schools officials to buy property near Longfellow Middle School.

The resolutions will allow officials to negotiate contracts for land at 306 N Findlay Ave. and 524 E Hughbert St.

The properties would allow the school more room for athletic use and give students more space for recesses and lunch, Assistant Superintendent Roger Brown said.

Longfellow Middle School, at 215 N Ponca Ave., is landlocked, with no room to expand its athletic practice area unless the school district buys the properties, Brown said.

The N Findlay property has a market value of about $58,000, and the E Hughbert site has a market value of about $54,500, officials said.

“We will pay the appraised value plus closing costs,” Brown said.

Purchase of the properties was discussed at Monday's school board meeting.

Brown said the district hopes to have tentative plans for use of the properties by the end of the year, if not sooner.