(Much of the school district property shown above covered with trees has been declared surplus and a sale is being considered.)
An 18.42-acre tract of Steilacoom Historical School District land is the object of a study by the district to determine its future, according to School District President Al Lawrence.
The property is sandwiched between the Cormorant sub-division at the southwest edge of Steilacoom and Saltar’s Point Elementary School. It is currently covered with timber and is about a third wetland.
According to Lawrence, the school district has declared the property surplus because its location is such that it is unlikely a new school would ever be built there. As part of the study, the district recently had the property surveyed to determine its exact borders and also appraised. The value of the property, while known to the district, is not public because of the manner in which surplus school district land can be sold, according to Dr. Art Himmler, district superintendent.
On Sept. 10 the board will make a presentation to the Pierce County Conservation Futures Board, Lawrence said. The presentation will take place about 8 pm in room 203 of the Lakewood Community Center at 9112 Lakewood Dr SW.
Another meeting, ahead of the one to the Conservations Future Board, will be held Aug. 30 at Steilacoom High School. At that time, school district officials will explain the procedure they are planning and discuss options available. That meeting will start at 6 pm and is also open to the public.
Himmler said the Conservation Futures Board approached the district to see if it was interested in disposing of the land. “Right now we are making this presentation to them to see if it fits into their qualifications for such property,” Himmler explained. The earliest any acquisition from the conservation agency could take place would be in 2008.
The superintendent also noted that declaring the property surplus was required in order to allow the district to get a survey and appraisal. Before it could be sold to anyone public bids would be solicited, whether it was a county agency or private individual.