The board has exclusive control over the acquisition of property for the district. The board shall attempt to acquire building sites substantially in advance of the actual construction of facilities in order to minimize delay in construction projects and to realize financial savings to the district. The board shall periodically review its inventory of land in light of growth trends in the district and local land-use restrictions, and make such transactions as it determines shall best meet the future needs of the district.
Prior to any purchase of real estate, the district shall obtain a market value appraisal by a professionally designated real estate appraiser as defined in RCW 74.46.020. The board shall select the appraiser.
In acquiring a new site, the board shall first attempt to reach settlement with the owner through negotiations. The board shall resort to condemnation only when it is obvious that negotiations will not lead to an amicable settlement and shall initiate the eminent domain proceeding at the outset of the determination that the parties are going to be unable to agree upon the compensation to be paid for the purchase of the site.
The board shall acquire school sites or facilities only when it clearly contemplates using the property for school purposes.
Highline School District 401
Adopted by the Board: April 1984
Revised by the Board: 04.96