Saline Schools Sell Corner Lot to Marathon, Which Plans New Speedway

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 12/21/2018 - 00:47

A four-acre parcel of land was unanimously approved for sale by the board’s trustees. The decision was put to a vote following a brief closed session discussion between the board.

The land, located on the northeast corner of Industrial Drive and Michigan Avenue, will be sold to the Marathon Petroleum Corporation for $850,000. However, the deal is contingent upon utilities being extended, which could cost up to $1 million.

According to Graden, Marathon plans to build a Speedway station at the intersection.

In recent years the district has sold the Union School property to Quantum Signal, the Houghton School property to Livonia Builders, and property along Woodland Drive to Linden Square assisted living. The district owns other vacant land, including parcels along Michigan Avenue and the soccer fields on Campus Parkway.

Scot Graden, superintendent of Saline Areas schools, said the district has no plans to build schools in the foreseeable future.

New middle, high school classes approved by board

Trustees of the Saline Area Schools Board of Education unanimously approved a list of new school courses that will be offered to high school and middle school students for the 2019-2020 school year during Tuesday’s board meeting.

The list was presented to the school board by Steve Laatsch, assistant superintendent for instructional services. The approved list includes nine new courses for high school students and one new course for middle school students. Laatsch said although the classes were each approved, a class will only be taught if enough students sign up for the course.

“If only eight kids sign up, it won’t be done,” Laatsch said.

Five of the nine high school courses are STEM-based courses and range in difficulty – for example, the “Applied Science” class would be a hands-on course for students still learning basic scientific principles, while the “Android App Development” course would best be suited for students with advanced knowledge of coding and design. Other approved classes include “Exploring Race and Ethnicity,” an online “International Service Travel” research course and “Introduction to Baking,” a course that will teach students how to prepare and make pies, pastries and specialty desserts.

The one new middle school course, “Computer Science Discoveries,” will introduce students with advanced computer skills to HTML/CSS and other computer programming programs.


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Antonio Sanchez is an experienced journalist who covered city and county government for the Rio Rancho Observer in New Mexico.