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D-428 considers land swap with Park District

DeKALB – After several years of negotiations, the DeKalb School District 428 Board reached consensus Tuesday to take action on an intergovernmental agreement to swap land between the DeKalb Park District and the district at a future meeting.

Tammy Carson, District 428 director of facility operations, gave a brief overview of the swap, which would involve Park District land surrounding Brooks Elementary School and baseball and softball fields at Huntley Middle School.

The Park District’s property, a roughly 9.6-acre site at Cutler Drive and Bethany Road, was appraised at $221,000 in October while the District 428’s property, a nearly 12-acre stretch at Barb Boulevard and First Street was appraised at $216,000 in October.

Carson said the properties might differ in costs, but after other identified expenses that were negotiated between districts, the costs would even out.

As part of the agreement, there would also be an easement on District 428 property that would give the Park District access between Kiwanis Park and the current District 428 baseball field.

“It’s been a long haul to a certain extend and involved a great deal of negotiation and back and forth, so thank you,” District 428 board member Jeff Hallgren said to Carson.

Also during the meeting, two students challenged the board to do something about threats of violence made against district schools. The board asked Carson to make a presentation during its next meeting to go over school safety procedures, which Carson agreed to do.

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