Sterling Schools Foundation acquires land

November 21, 2018

STERLING – The Sterling Schools Foundation has discovered that real estate really is all about location.

The foundation bought the parsonage and some extra land from First Baptist Church at 1705 Sixth Ave. The church will remain.

The foundation wasn’t actively looking for property, but became aware of its availability after it was offered to the school district.

“The district wasn’t interested, but the thought of having a centrally located place so close to the high school, middle school and Jefferson Elementary for our future home made a lot of sense,” said Jim Spencer, executive director of the foundation.

The purchase price was $135,000, which will come from the foundation’s general funds. The foundation also has restricted funds that are designated for specific purposes.

The first order of business will be to demolish the parsonage. Although the most obvious use for the new building is for office space and a parking lot, no final plan will be drawn up until the 14-member board gathers for its annual retreat in March.

The foundation wouldn’t need the entire building that will be put up for office space, so what to do with the extra square footage also will be part of the discussion.

“There’s the potential to rent out some space, and we’ve also thought about using some of it as a place for small alumni group gatherings,” Spencer said.

He didn’t rule out a larger project of some sort at the site.

“It could become something on a grander scale, but at the very least, it’s a great opportunity for a new office for the foundation,” he said.

The foundation shares office space at 2804 W. LeFevre Road with 4-D Farms and the Dillon Foundation. It’s staffed by Spencer and volunteers. During the summer, several students do internships there.

More information

p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} The Sterling Schools Foundation now bases its operations from space it shares at 2804 W. LeFevre Road in Sterling. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Call 815-626-0022, visit sterlingschoolsfoundation.org or find it on Facebook for more information.

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