Special meeting will detail future of Forest Hill

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A special meeting of the Noblesville school board will shed some light on the future of Forest Hill Elementary School.

The school will close at the conclusion of this school year, and multiple parties have expressed interest in acquiring the property.

Last week Legacy Christian School announced that it has presented a purchase agreement to the school board including an offer of $330,000 for the school. LCS currently rents space at Noblesville Nazarene Church but is seeking a permanent location.

Legacy Christian’s School Board Treasurer Chuck Williamson said in a release last Tuesday that while Forest Hill is considered outdated by the school district’s standards, it would be an ideal fit for the smaller school.

“The building and grounds at Forest Hill would be a God-given provision for Legacy and we are also pleased to be of some help to the city schools during these difficult economic times,” Williamson said.

However School Board President Chris Hamm said LCS is competing with other entities that also have offered to compensate the school district for Forest Hill. One of these interested parties is the city of Noblesville, though its potential plans for the building are not known.

Hamm said LCS’ offer for the school was unsolicited, yet LCS Communications Director Karen Hawkins said members of Legacy’s school board and building committee were given a tour of Forest Hill in mid-Novemeber, prior to the school’s offer. Hawkins said LCS was assured that the Noblesville school board would respond to the offer by Dec. 3; however, she said the school never received feedback. Now she and others at LCS are wondering why a special meeting has been called before the school has ever received a response regarding its offer.

Hamm said an announcement on the future of Forest Hill could come at tonight’s meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the City Hall council chambers.

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