Belleville District 201 finalizes building purchase

News-DemocratAugust 6, 2013 

The Belleville School District 201 board voted unanimously Tuesday afternoon to approve a lease purchase contract on a building to house the district's administrative offices.

The district is purchasing the former headquarters of Dickerson Petroleum Inc. at 1920 N. Illinois St. in Belleville for $474,000. The district expects to officially close the sale Thursday, according to district Superintendent Jeff Dosier. Once the closing is completed, the district will begin painting, replacing carpet and making some updates to the building before moving staff into the building.

"We will start moving records immediately," Dosier said. "Sixty-five years worth of student records have to be moved."

Staff and equipment is expected to begin moving into the new space by Sept. 1, Dosier confirmed.

Law requires the district to maintain student records for 65 years after a student leaves the district.

For the past 10 years the district has leased it's administrative space from Lindenwood University-Belleville. The district's lease contract with Lindenwood University ends on Sept. 1 and if the new building isn't ready to move in to by then, the district would have to negotiate a month-to-month lease agreement with the university.

By purchasing a building instead of continuing the lease, the district expects to save an estimated $33,500 annually.

In other business, the board unanimously approved hiring Chris Brown as a new assistant principal for Belleville East High School. He will be one of four assistant principals at the school. The board also approved hiring Laurie Gray as a social worker for Belleville East High School.

Contact reporter Jennifer A. Schaaf at jschaaf@bnd.com or 618-239-2667.

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