The Bellingham School Board and district are considering a 17-acre property purchase in the north part of the district.
The purchase was scheduled to be approved at a meeting Thursday night, Oct. 6, as part of the board’s consent agenda, but board member Steve Smith pulled the item for more discussion.
The board met in executive session Thursday night to discuss the purchase and didn’t take any action. Real estate is one of the things board members are allowed to discuss in private.
According to the Oct. 6 agenda in BoardDocs, the land is 17 acres in the north part of the district and is suitable for a future school site. The money for the land is coming from money in the district’s capital projects fund that is not part of the 2066 bond, according to the agenda.
There is no other public information currently about the exact location of the land, the price, or what type of school officials envision building there.
It is common for school districts to purchase land years in advance of needing a new school. For example, the Ferndale School District purchased land on Church Road for a future high school and the Lynden School District owns land on Line Road that may be used for a future middle school.
The district has said over the past few years that there is a goal of purchasing land in Sudden Valley, however finding a suitable site and working with watershed building rules have been challenging.