Columbia School Board approves plan for road along new school

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 | 3:05 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Columbia School Board will seek Boone County approval for the St. Charles Road Development Agreement, the latest proposal for creating a road along the west side of the new high school in northeast Columbia.

The board unanimously agreed Tuesday to sign the agreement.

Costs for the road are not included in the high school's $75 million budget for construction. An early proposal had the road running right next to the high school.

Upon the county's request to move the road 800 feet west, a second road proposal was created in May 2010. This proposal estimated $1.5 million to $2 million in costs for creating the road. After negotiations with the county and St. Charles Road Development Co., the latest road proposal was created.

The new agreement lowers the costs from between $1.5 million and $2 million to between $1 million and $1.5 million. Under the agreement, the district will pay for the road, and the county will generally be responsible for maintenance.

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