Mentor School Board approves sale of land to City of Mentor
March 29, 2014: The Mentor Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution at a special meeting Saturday morning to sell 20 acres of land on its Bellflower Elementary School property to the City of Mentor. The sale price agreed upon by the Board of Education and Mentor City Council is $260,000.
“It is important for the Mentor Community as a whole that the schools and city have a cooperative working relationship,” said Mentor Board of Education President Mary Bryner. “We are pleased to reach an agreement regarding the sale of land that could benefit Mentor residents living near Two-Town Creek, while being responsible in our duty to protect the district’s assets.”
The City of Mentor approached the Board of Education to sell the land at Bellflower Elementary School in order to build a detention basin they believe will alleviate flooding issues for homeowners in the neighborhoods around Two-Town Creek. The sale of land, instead of a previously agreed upon leasing option, can help the city secure potential grant funding.
“We’re glad we can be a good neighbor through this sale and are hopeful the Two-Town Detention Basin project will provide the city a solution for the homeowners affected by flooding,” added Mentor Board of Education Vice President Thomas Tuttle.
School districts are required by law to place funds generated from the sale of property into Permanent Improvement (PI) projects. Mentor Schools operates 17 facilities and grounds on a tight budget and five-year plan and every additional dollar is extremely beneficial.
“The Board’s resolution today is a win-win for the entire Mentor community,” said Mentor Schools Superintendent Matthew Miller. “The City of Mentor has thoughtful plans to use the land and the funds received through the sale will go back into the community through our schools, benefiting our students as we provide a quality education to prepare them for the future.”