News-Herald Staff Writer

FREEPORT – Freeport Township Trustees are mulling an offer by the Harrison Hills City School Board to obtain the former Harrison Lakeland Elementary School building, but there are some strings attached.

About 60 people gathered for the regular trustees meeting, which was moved to the James Clark Fire Station on Dec. 6 to accommodate the crowd and hear the proposal by board members Melvin Allen and Kinney Thompson.

Trustee Jeff Ferrell said a public viewing was held of the property around the Thanksgiving holiday and the township was interested in pursuing all three tracts of land.

But Allen and Thompson, who are members of the building and grounds committee, said the trustees could purchase the structure and 19 acres of land, including ballfields and a track—a portion of the 73-acre property—for $1. However, there were stipulations with the acquisition. Among them, the structure could not be used as an elementary or secondary school or it would revert back to the school district; if the trustees could not support or maintain the site, it would revert back to the board; the board would also retain mineral rights on the land and all of the remaining property. More information on the meeting and discussion can be found in this weeks print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.