North Baltimore schools to sell land

NORTH BALTIMORE – The sale of school-owned property to a local business was approved Tuesday by the board
of education.
On a 3-1 vote, the board agreed to sell two acres of a former school site to Reineke Motors for $50,000.

There is a clause in the agreement that makes the sale pending until the village can rezone the property.

The four-acre site, where the former middle school/high school sat, is zoned both residential and special
district. Reineke, located on West Water Street, south of the property, wants the south half of the lot
for expansion purposes.
Board member Jaimye Bushey cast the dissenting vote.
She said she doesn’t want to see residential property rezoned commercial.
At a special meeting earlier this month, Bushey and board member Cheryl Cotterman had been against the
sale. Cotterman was not at Tuesday’s meeting.
The land in question is currently zoned special district with plats on the north end of the lot
The village’s zoning commission already approved the rezoning; village council must set a public hearing
before casting a vote.
Board member Russell Bretz said he is not concerned with the zoning issue, but wants to see more
businesses in town.
"We keep businesses in the community and provide a real service to the people," he stated.
He added that Reineke also wants the right of first refusal on the remaining acreage.
Also at the meeting, Superintendent Ryan Delaney said he is working to bring more elective classes for
high school students, and a team is going to revamp the honor program to make it more strenuous.
Currently, about 75 percent of the high school student body is recognized for earning honors.
Powell Elementary Principal Scott Lockwood is adding an academic awards luncheon each quarter for
students with perfect attendance and on the honor roll; and a good conduct event each semester with
inflatables in the gym.