A property for sale north of Abilene High School was too good a location for the Abilene School Board to pass up.

The board of education Monday night voted to purchase the property at 1500 N. Mulberry for $45,000. The land is north of 14th Street, behind the Southern Baptist Church.

The board approved the purchase by a 6-0 vote. Board Member Mark Wilson left the meeting room while the agenda item was addressed due to a conflict of interest.

Interim Superintendent Gary Nelson said Wednesday there are no specific plans for the land, but its proximity to existing school district property makes it a prime location.

Not only is the new acquisition just across the street from the high school and Abilene Middle School, but Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary is also within walking distance.

The property was once home to Yellow Freight System and most recently was used by the school district as a temporary home for its buses in 2016-17 while Abilene High School was being expanded and renovated.

Other than approving the acquisition, the board did not discuss the matter during its meeting Monday night.

“I’m sure there’s going to be more discussion about possibilities coming up in the future,” Nelson said Wednesday.

As interim superintendent, Nelson’s time in Abilene is rapidly drawing to a close. He will be leaving at the end of June. New superintendent Greg Brown will officially join the district July 1.

Personnel changes

The board approved three personnel changes Monday night.

They accepted resignations from Tammy Scheidt, Eisenhower Elementary fourth grade teacher, and Patti Coup, Eisenhower Title aide and art aide; and approved Steve Casey as a seventh grade boys’ assistant basketball coach.

A number of positions are currently open in the district, including teachers, aides and coaches. Substitutes also are needed. Information is available on the district’s website at abileneschools.org. Jobs listings are under the “information” tab on the home page.

Contact Kathy Hageman at reporter@abilene-rc.com.

Contact Tim Horan at editor@abilene-rc.com.

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