Options for development of an empty lot were considered Wednesday, April 29, by members of the Iola-Scandinavia School Board.
The board’s Buildings and Grounds Committee met onsite as they discussed what to do with the newly-acquired Krause property. The land is located to the west of the I-S High School’s parking lot.
The committee first looked at the house and garage, located in the northwest corner of the property. They all agreed it might be best to demolish the house.
Several members of the committee expressed interest in retaining the two-section garage for storage.
“We definitely have a use for the garage moving forward,” said District Administrator David Dyb.
“With all the room we need for (sports) fields, I don’t think we should keep it,” Bruce Beyersdorf said. “We can utilize all the space if we take (the buildings) down. There would be room for another practice field.”
Committee Chair Jeff Oppor agreed.
“We have teams that can’t practice,” he said. “We need more diamonds.”
The other option would be to sell the northwest corner of the lot. Charlie Wasrud reported that a local real estate agent estimated it could be sold as is for about $40,000.
The committee agreed to solicit demolition costs for the two buildings before making a final decision. There are items in the house that could be salvaged before it was demolished, such as vinyl windows, a water heater and a furnace.
Oppor reported that people approached him about financing the construction of tennis courts on the vacant property. This would be done at no cost to the district.
The committee agreed there would be room for two tennis courts in the northeast corner of the lot, which is closest to the I-S Community Fitness & Aquatic Center.
The design includes a ball diamond in the southwest corner with extra parking to the east of it.
Oppor said finishing the access road will cost about $25,000. It will not be paved until spring 2016, to allow the base to settle for a year.
The committee will present its proposals for the lot during the next school board meeting on Monday, May 11.