Battle Ground School District purchases 20 acres for future expansion

This information was provided by the Battle Ground School District.

VANCOUVER — Battle Ground Public Schools recently purchased 20 acres of property located in the southeast portion of the district near Northeast 152nd Avenue between Northeast 99th and Northeast 110th streets.

The land was formerly occupied by raspberry fields, but will someday be the site of a new campus with both K-4 and 5-8 schools.

Rita Sanders, communications manager for Battle Ground Public Schools, said the purchase price of the property was $2,267,000, and the district used impact fees to pay for the property. While there are no immediate or specific plans for a building project at this site, district officials say the acquisition of this property is intended to meet the needs of the growing population in the area.

Battle Ground School District Public Schools purchased 20 acres
The Battle Ground School District recently purchased 20 acres of property located in the southeast portion of the district near Northeast 152nd Avenue between Northeast 99th and Northeast 110th streets. The site will someday house a new campus with both K-4 and 5-8 schools. Photo by Mike Schultz

“We have been considering purchasing property in the southern part of the district for a while, knowing that the area is where much of the growth in our district is occurring,” Sanders said.

If the bond that the Battle Ground School District is posing to voters on Nov. 8 passes, Sanders said the district will use the newly acquired property to begin school building projects. If the bond doesn’t pass, however, the district will hold onto the land for possible future projects.

“Looking toward the future, this land is in a pretty ideal spot,” said MaryBeth Lynn, assistant superintendent of finance and school operations for the district. “This space is in the midst of several new housing construction projects, and we anticipate this purchase helping to serve the needs of our community in the coming years as the population continues to grow.”

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Joanna Nicole Yorke is a 2010 graduate of the Edward R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University in Pullman. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism with a minor in political science. Yorke is a Clark County native, growing up on her family's 12-acre farm in La Center where her family still resides today. She was previously a reporter at The Reflector Newspaper, covering the city of Battle Ground, the Battle Ground School District and a variety of other areas and topics.

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