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Thursday, July 22, 2021 1:00 am

EACS site to change hands

Madison Township to repurpose property

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

East Allen County Schools' yearslong attempt to find a new owner for a former elementary site will likely end without money exchanging hands.

The board is expected to act Aug. 3 on the administration's recommendation to transfer the former Hoagland Elementary School property to Madison Township for civic purposes.

The district demolished the former school at 12009 Hoagland Road in the 2019-20 academic year after attempts to sell it were unsuccessful.

The school, which was also known as Heritage Elementary, closed to students in 2014.

Money wouldn't be involved in the transfer because another government entity is taking ownership, said Kirby Stahly, assistant superintendent of administrative services. He briefed the board Tuesday about the proposed Hoagland transfer as well as a recommendation to transfer a Woodburn parcel to another township – an action that should have been finalized almost 30 years ago.

It was “somewhat unbeknownst to us” that EACS owned a 1.2-acre former bus garage/storage site on Fahlsing Road in Woodburn, Stahly said.

After some digging, he said, officials learned the board approved a resolution disposing the property Aug. 18, 1992.

“Somehow it never got recorded,” Stahly said.

The administration is recommending the board on Aug. 3 approve transfer of the Woodburn parcel to Maumee Township, also for civic purposes.

The Maumee Township trustee has approached the district about acquiring the Woodburn property for a parks improvement project, Stahly said in May.

That hearing also featured comment from Jane Linker, Madison Township trustee. She shared ideas for the 13-acre Hoagland site, including turning it into a park with a covered picnic area, a pickleball court, a disc golf course and walking paths. Long-term visions include adding a splash pad and restrooms.

The board didn't debate the proposed transfers, which require approval by the townships.

“I'm glad they're going back for public use,” member Ron Turpin said.

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