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Old 10-02-2007, 06:21 PM   #1
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Jenks Schools Expansion ~ Tulsa World

Sorry if this is duplicating information. This land is allotment land ~ original allottee Creek/Yuchi per her granddaughters interview on Channel 6 News out of Tulsa ( - The News On 6). Her granddaughter is the one commenting on the bottom of the story. Handgame_Native

School board to condemn land

By NORA FROESCHLE World Staff Writer

The property is north of Jenks' West Campus.

JENKS -- The Jenks school board voted Monday night to begin condemnation proceedings on 52 acres of land north of the district's West Campus.

The two properties, one a 12-acre tract along U.S. 75 and the other a 40-acre block to its east, have different owners, but neither agreed to the price the district offered. No homes are on the land.

Roger Wright, executive administrator for Jenks Public Schools, said it is unusual for the district to condemn property but that it was necessary in this case.

"I would prefer to always be able to reach a price," he said. "We would rather just buy it."

Now that the board has voted to begin condemnation, a court date will be set, he said. However, Wright said the district remains open to negotiations with both owners.

"It's always my hope we can come to an agreement before then, . . . but our growth at that west site -- there's no doubt we're going to have to do something because of the growth in that area and because of the continued growth," he said.

The condemnation action will bring together appraisals from the sellers, the buyer and the court to reach an agreement on a selling price, he said.

The West Campus, south of 91st Street and east of U.S. 75, includes prekindergarten through sixth grades in its elementary and intermediate schools. It has 2,120 students this year, up by 108 from last year, Assistant Superintendent Debbie Burchfield said.

Overall, the district grew by 216 students to date this year, she said.

The board also approved Crafton Tull Sparks as the architect for a $4 million building project that will add 12 classrooms to the West Campus' two schools. The additions should be complete by August, said Ben Ferem, executive administrator.

In other business, the board approved the employment of SHW of Dallas and KSQ, a Tulsa firm, as architects for the construction of a $9 million swimming complex at the Central Campus, 205 E. B St.

Construction of the complex, which will include a 50-meter swimming pool, plus locker-room space and seating, is expected to begin in the fall of 2009.


Nora Froeschle 581-8310

By NORA FROESCHLE World Staff Writer

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8. 9/13/2007 4:44:57 PM, Ree Greenwood, Atchison, KS
The 40 acres is across 91st Street from the Jenks West school. This land is about 1/3 rocky hill. It is still in the family of the original 1903 homesteader, Carrie E. Gregory. JPS has already taken, by purchase, with threat of condemnation, 70 acres of Carrie E. Gregory's allottment and homestead land. This last 40 acres is all the family has left of their heritage. Leave it alone, please!

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