Kingsbury school property appraisal to be updated |

Kingsbury school property appraisal to be updated

Tahoe Daily Tribune

The former Kingsbury Middle School will remain on the block for the time being while Douglas County School District updates an original resolution and appraisal.

Superintendent Lisa Noonan told the board of trustees at its meeting on July 14 that the law firm who helps with appraisals recommended the updates because the listing was several years old.

“Counsel thought it was the proper approach to go back and update the language and appraisals,” Noonan said.

She said an updated resolution should be ready by the Aug. 11 meeting and the district could entertain written offers by September.

Doing so requires two appraisal firms to update their initial appraisals. Noonan said that it would be cheaper than the $7,000 it cost per firm to conduct the original appraisals.

Noonan estimated approximately $3,500, which included surveying the property for updated information on the condition of its buildings.

“We do have people who are interested in the property,” Noonan said.

DCSD closed Kingsbury Middle School on 1900 Echo Drive in Stateline in the 2008-2009 school year due to low enrollment in its Lake schools. Sixth-graders were merged with Zephyr Cove Elementary while seventh- and eighth-grade levels were integrated into George Whittell High School.

In 2012, the district put the 22.4 acre site up for sale for a minimum price tag of $4 million.

The board placed a $40,000 commission cap on it for real estate agencies that sell it for the district, though the resolution allows a 1.5 percent increase should the site sell for more than $4 million.

At its April meeting, the board opted to amend its policy to entertain leasing the site in a local inter-agency agreement for qualified agencies.

School meal price increase

Paid school lunches will receive a bump of 10 cents in cost for all elementary, middle and high schools to balance out U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements.

The USDA bases its policies on weighted measures of participation in the full-paid lunch program.

According to incoming Superintendent Teri White, the last increase was in 2008 when the school district increased it by 25 cents.

The price increase doesn’t affect free or reduced-cost meals, or breakfast meals.

Paid school lunches for elementary schools will cost $2.60, $2.85 for middle schools and $3.10 for high schools. Douglas County receives a 35-cent reimbursement for fully-paid meals.

White said while the increases will help meet current standards, the district may need to raise prices further down the road.

Board member Karen Chessell asked if the second round of prices would be done during the current academic year or begin in the 2016-2017 academic year.

“It would be best to do it at the end of the year and give families the notice that it will happen,” White said. She added families are usually used to writing checks for certain amounts once a semester starts.

The board also updated its policies on hazing and programs for students with disabilities. One policy for hazing was revoked and integrated into a separate, co-existing policy.