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KCSD negotiating property purchase

Posted: December 10, 2010 4:00 p.m.
Updated: December 13, 2010 5:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees voted two weeks ago to spend up to $1.25 million to purchase an undisclosed piece of property in order to relocate its district office.

On Thursday morning, Kershaw County School District Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said the school district has entered into negotiations with the respective parties and is now in a due diligence period.

“We’re still in negotiations. We’re doing inspections now,” he said. “When everything is done, we will release all of the details.”

Morgan said negotiations could be completed as early as this week.

In a statement sent to the Chronicle-Independent two weeks ago, Board Chairman Joey Dorton said the school district has been interested in relocating the district office for several years.

When the old Camden Middle School property was put on the market in July 2009, KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said it turned out to be “too cost prohibitive” to transform into a new district office.

Several months ago, KCSD Director for Communications Mary Anne Byrd confirmed school district officials toured the former Howden Buffalo property located on U.S. 1 in Camden.

At the time, Byrd said the district’s purchase of the Howden Buffalo site for a new location for a new district office would be contingent upon finding a buyer for the current site on DuBose Court adjacent to KershawHealth.

The 28.77-acre property on U.S. 1, owned by Prime Realty Group LLC, has a total value of $3.18 million, according to records in the Kershaw County Tax Assessor’s Office.

Morgan declined to comment on the purchase Thursday.

Phone calls to the registered agent of Prime Realty Group LLC, J. Douglas Nunn, were not returned.

Trustees Andy James and Carol Thompson were not present for the real estate vote, and trustee Dr. Charles King II voted in opposition.

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