During the recent board meeting of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees, members learned the asking price for the Wallace Property was beyond the amount Clay Community School Corporation can offer.
In order to buy the building, it had to be appraised by two different appraisers and by law, CCSC can only offer the average of the two appraisals.
"One appraisal came in at $426,000 the second at $435,000 for an average of $430,500," Supt. Dan Schroeder said. "We spoke to (Larry) Wallace and offered him that amount, but he was not interested at this time."
The asking price for the property was $700,000-$750,000.
"We will not proceed with that alternative," Schroeder said.
Schroeder, Business manager Mike Fowler, Building and Grounds Director Tom Reberger and Transportation Director Frank Misner will continue to look into other options and report back to the board.
Meanwhile the board received a proposal of Reasonable Suspicion Drug Testing. Since it was the first reading, there was no vote.
"This is a way for us to help students and help the families," Northview High School Principal Tim Rayle said. "If we have a student that tests positive, our goal is to get them off the drugs and get them back into being successful in school."
Rayle was adamant that not every student would be tested.
"If, for instance, a student is sick during the winter and they are on Codeine, which causes drowsiness, then we can call the parent and they say, 'yes my child is on Codeine, the prescription is in the nurses office.'" he said. "If we do test, we will use the least invasive, which is typically an oral screen."
Though no questions were asked by the board, a second reading and vote will be made at a later date.
The board also voted 6-1 (with Forrest Buell opposing) for the approval of the Design Development plans for Bid Package Four (Van Buren, Forest Park, and Clay City Elementary) and approval of the Construction Documents for Bid Packages Two (Jackson Township Elementary-sewer project) and Three (East Side, Meridian and Staunton Elementary).
The next meeting of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees will be 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 13, at North Clay Middle School.