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West Geauga BOE Rejects Newbury Property Proposal

In a letter to Newbury Township Trustee Bill Skomrock, West Geauga Schools Board of Education President Kathy Leavenworth explained why the board has decided to reject the trustees’ counterproposals for use of the former Newbury Schools property.

In a letter to Newbury Township Trustee Bill Skomrock, West Geauga Schools Board of Education President Kathy Leavenworth explained why the board has decided to reject the trustees’ counterproposals for use of the former Newbury Schools property.

“Negotiations related to the future of the Newbury site have been ongoing for approximately two years,” Leavenworth said. “However, it is evident that the parties still cannot reach agreement on the material terms and conditions. The board simply does not see a way to make the arrangement work for both parties without having the West Geauga Local School District shoulder a significant financial burden.”

“The board of education cannot continue to retain the property and pay mounting maintenance expenses while negotiations continue indefinitely,” the letter continued. “The board is a steward of taxpayer dollars and must act in a fiscally responsible manner. Continuing to spend money on a project that does not support the board’s mission is not financially prudent or philosophically defensible.”

As a result, the board took action during a special meeting May 3 to decline the counterproposals from Newbury trustees and to end negotiations.

“Although it is time to move on, we remain appreciative of the good faith efforts demonstrated throughout the process,” Leavenworth said.

This article will be updated as more information is available.

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