PRINEVILLE — Crook County School District will spend $300,000 for 1.4 acres of vacant land next to Crook County High School for a potential future expansion of the building.

The Crook County School Board unanimously approved the move at its Monday night meeting after title company AmeriTitle accepted the school district’s offer earlier this summer. The closing date for the property is Aug. 23, and if all goes as planned, the property will be owned by the school district after signing papers that day, according to Anna Logan, the district’s director of business and finance.

Logan said the school district has no specific plans for the land, but staff jumped at the chance to own a parcel directly next to the high school.

“Usually, when you build a school initially, it’s not really a neighborhood yet,” she said. “And over 20-50 years, the neighborhood builds around the school and the opportunities for expanding are gone. This is just one of those really good opportunities that was more about the potential than any specific plan.”

One possibility for the land would be adding a separate building for career and technical education classes, Logan said. Patti Norris, the school board’s vice chairwoman, said during Monday’s meeting that the high school could use the land for future expansion.

Crook County High School’s current building opened in the fall of 1996 and had 759 students in the 2018-19 school year. Although the school’s population hasn’t risen in recent years — in the 2010-11 school year, 796 students attended Crook County High — Crook County’s total population has jumped by more than 14% since 2010, according to the U.S. Census.

— Reporter: 541-617-7854, jhogan@bendbulletin.com

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