Upshur County BOE considering property purchase

Education

Buckhannon-Upshur High School sits on old farmland at the edge of Tennerton, just south of Buckhannon.  When the plot was first purchased, nine acres were left out for the original owners’ home.  That home has since changed hands, belonging to a church.  Now, it is back on the market again, and the school is looking to pick it up.

“When the church found another location, New Community Church decided to put it up for sale.  So, right now our board is just looking at some options to come up with the revenue to make that purchase, if we’re able to,” said Superintendent Sara Lewis-Stankus.

The school has a long list of possible uses for that land.  The property surrounding it is already used as part of BUHS’ vo-ag program, and Lewis-Stankus said that is one of its biggest groups.

“We have a very large FFA program, and that program only grows each year.  And, so right now we have a barn there.  We’ve had cattle, and pigs and different livestock on the property, and in the farm, and our students maintain that property,” said Lewis-Stankus.

Of course, there are many uses for the extra land.  Other possibilities include building a high tunnel for the program, or even making space for a new school building that might replace the aging middle school.  Nothing has been determined yet, and the board says it is not going to take the plunge unless the system can make a smart purchase.

“There’s so many things that our county school system needs.  Of course, all of that takes money, so we have to be fiscally responsible.  And we don’t want to do anything that we don’t have the money to do,” said Lewis-Stankus.

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