Tuesday, 25 June 2024

Yuba Community College District pursues land from Konocti Unified

CLEARLAKE – The Konocti Unified School District has entered into an agreement to sell a portion of a now-closed middle school property to the Yuba Community College District.


The college district's board of trustees voted at its Wednesday meeting in Woodland to move forward with acquiring the 3.17-acre property, located at 15850 Dam Road Extension in Clearlake. The intention is to add the property to the college's Clear Lake Campus.


The Konocti Unified School District’s Board of Trustees voted at its June 2 meeting to approve Yuba College's purchase agreement, according to college district officials.


Yuba College disclosed that the purchase price as $475,000.


“I’m extremely delighted to see that we are moving forward with this land acquisition,” Yuba College Trustee Ben Pearson, who represents Lake County, said in a written statement. “Expanding the Clear Lake Campus and building a permanent facility on that site will greatly benefit both our students and the community.”


Yuba College officials reported that the next steps to follow in order to finalize escrow include requisite inspections, soil tests and environmental studies.


The property was part of Oak Hill Middle School, which Konocti Unified trustees voted last year to close, as Lake County News has reported.


Konocti Unified District Superintendent Dr. Bill MacDougall told Lake County News that the three-acre parcel was the lower field and bus garage at the Oak Hill campus – later renamed the Highlands Center.


MacDougall said the sale benefits the entire community because it allows for the expansion of Yuba College and street front access, and it can be viewed from the Highway.


“We have not made a final decision regarding the use of the funds, but it will probably go to the development of a new bus yard,” MacDougall said.


The property acquisition will allow for improved access to the Clear Lake Campus, give it greater visibility, and provide the campus with more options for placement of its future student services center, according to the college district.


The district reported that the student services center will be a 30,000-square-foot facility which will be the first permanent building at the Clear Lake Campus and will house student services, the library, the learning resource center and administration. Science and culinary arts labs are also part of the construction project.


The student services center is a $19 million construction project which is a part of the Measure J facilities bond program, a measure that Lake County voters approved in 2006.


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