The Noblesville School Board gave Supt. Libbie Connor permission to begin negotiation talks as the district eyes real estate at 18025 River Rd. The space is currently vacant in the Riveredge Professional Center, and if it’s purchased by Noblesville Schools will become its new central office.
According to Riveredge, the potential space is 36,000 square feet – almost triple that of the current central office building and adjacent portables. If purchased, Conner said the new location would be home to the central office and Hamilton-Boone-Madison Co-op staffs, provide additional storage for the district and house technology.
By state law, school corporations must have two individual appraisers inspect land prior to real estate purchases. Each proves their appraisal and the corporation is not allowed to offer more than the average of the two. Connor said the appraisals have taken place, but the results have not been disclosed to the seller and she was not ready to announce the average amount yet.
“We think it’s a good deal,” she said.
If both sides agree upon a price, the school board must approve the purchase before it becomes finalized.
If the central office moves, it would provide the district several options for its current space. The building is located right between Noblesville High School’s main and freshman campuses. The corporation’s transportation center, which is in need of expansion and fuel tank replacement, is located behind the office and portables.