Online school program doesn't have to move - for now

Roger Jacks

Roger Jacks

It looks like the Kingman Online Learning Academy will have to move out of its new location - just not for a long time.

The Kingman Unified School District entered into an agreement a couple of months ago with the city to use the city-owned building on the corner of Fourth and Beale streets as a campus for its online school. Council unanimously voted Tuesday in favor of starting a process that will most likely end in the sale of the building and the online academy finding another location.

"Hopefully, we can work with the city to find a new location," said KUSD Superintendent Roger Jacks to Council.

The district was made aware during negotiations with the city that there was a very real possibility that at some point the building would be sold.

To sell the building, the city must first get it appraised, and to get it appraised, the city needed to get Council approval.

The city is set to pay Downing Appraisals $3,000 for the service, which should be completed by mid-January.

If it's worth $500,000 or more, the city would need to get voter approval to sell the building.

If it's worth less than $500,000 the city can solicit sealed bids or hold an auction for the property.

It cannot be sold for less than the appraised price, said City Attorney Carl Cooper.

The earliest the issue could be sent to the voters is March, and if it were the only thing on the special election ballot it would cost the city roughly $90,000.

The district should be safe through May, said Vice Mayor Janet Watson.

"This is quite a lengthy process," she said.

The state's government property lease excise tax makes it too expensive for the city to lease the building.

The city would need to pay about $22,000 a year in excise tax if it commercially leased the property, which was purchased for $875,000 in 2009.

In other business, Council unanimously approved three related items.

It granted the parties involved in formal negotiations regarding the Kingman Crossing Interchange and the development of the surrounding area a sixth-month extension on their memorandum of understanding.

The initial agreement was set to expire Dec. 31.

It agreed to allow city staff to negotiate a cost-sharing agreement with the other parties involved, Ledcor Construction, Kingman Hospital Inc., W. Holding and Flair Industries, in order to fund the completion of the design plans, which are expected to cost more than $1 million.

Lastly, it approved a request from staff to apply to the State Land Department for a 60-foot-wide right-of-way along Airfield Avenue down to Louise Avenue. It's a $500 application fee.

Once the city applies, the state will appraise the property at the city's expense - roughly $3,000 - and may require an environmental study, but Public Works Director Rob Owen said that's unlikely.

In order for the project to provide a full interchange for Kingman Crossing, the right of way and the access it provides would need to be granted, Owen said.

"It's important investors think the city is serious about this project," said Councilman Richard Anderson.

"It's important we go to the next step and see what we can work out."