JENKS, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court says a jury was correct to award two landowners $3.1 million for 12.7 acres of undeveloped land acquired for a school expansion.
District Judge Mary Fitzgerald had said the Jenks School District was entitled to a new trial, but the Tulsa World reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1bffEcK ) that the Court of Appeals reversed her decision.
Jenks' school board voted in 2007 to condemn the land so it could expand an elementary school. It initially offered $395,000, but court-appointed commissioners put the value at $1.4 million. The landowners said the property was worth more because it included a number of billboards. A jury in 2011 agreed with them.
The school district can ask the court to reconsider its ruling, or take the case to the state Supreme Court.