Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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April 3, 2013

School board tables land sale

DIETERICH — Dieterich school board members tabled a proposal to sell a tiny lot northwest of the school complex on which a four-plex would be built.

Unit 30 Superintendent Cary Jackson told Board of Education members Monday developers Rich Probst and Ron Niebrugge needed the 25x50 parcel to go along with land they have already bought from the Village of Dieterich and the Dieterich Community Development Corporation.

Jackson said the men wanted to build a 4,800-square foot four-plex. The superintendent said each unit would be sold individually, targeting senior citizens and young families. Each unit, he added, would be a two-bedroom, two-bath home.

But several board members expressed concerns about water draining from the four-plex at the corner of Pine and Virginia streets into school district property to the south.

“We need to see the plan for drainage,” board member Justin Gephart said.

Board President Mike Winters said the village and DCDC have already sold their lots, and the developers want to begin building as soon as possible.

“They would like us to do it (approve the lot sale) tonight,” Winters added.

But several board members expressed disappointment that the developers weren’t on hand Monday to explain the project themselves.

“They should have been here to talk to us about it,” said board Secretary Eric Hall.

After the board voted to table the sale, Jackson said he would invite Probst and Niebrugge to the board’s May 7 meeting.

In other action Monday, the board agreed to hold its eighth-grade promotion ceremony prior to the last day of school. Junior-Senior High Principal Kevin Haarman said moving the promotion ceremony from May 17 back to May 13 would eliminate having to keep the gym closed for several days after the May 12 high school graduation.

Haarman said he would emphasize to eighth-graders they would still have to pass their semester exams to be promoted.

“Just because they walk down that aisle doesn’t mean they will be promoted,” he said. Semester exams are set for May 16 and 17.

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, or bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com.

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