Board continues to mull Columbia elementary school location

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 | 5:03 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia School Board members met in closed session over the noon hour Wednesday to discuss possible properties for a new elementary school in southwest Columbia.

"Ideally, our goal is to have something purchased by September," district spokeswoman Michelle Baumstark said.

The board made an offer on 34 acres at Scott Boulevard and Route KK known as the Sapp property; but in July, the Sapp family took it off the market.

Although the southwest school is still set to open in August 2016, without an acceptable site that date may have to be pushed back, Baumstark said.

The school is the second of two elementary schools the district plans to open in the next three years to relieve overcrowding in the southwest and northeast parts of Columbia.

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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