The purchase of two sites chosen for new schools may be completed soon.
School officials said that deals to buy land for the proposed 900-student schools in Forestville and on Chippens Hill are nearly resolved.
“Hopefully the sun will shine on this issue,” said school Superintendent Philip Streifer.
The city is pushing the $130 million plan to create two new kindergarten to eighth grade schools that would replace four older buildings. The project is slated for completion in 2015.
Tom O’Brien, a Board of Education member, said the city is likely to finish the purchase of the former Crowley auto dealership next week. The Pine Street site is next door to Greene-Hills School, one of the four targeted for closure.
O’Brien said there is only one issue to resolve before the $2.25 million deal can be completed.
The other school site, on the corner of Matthews Street and Clark Avenue, should also be in the city’s hands soon, officials said.
Chris Wilson, who serves on the West Bristol School Building Committee, said it’s in nearly the same place as the Forestville committee that includes O’Brien.
The West Bristol site’s price tag isn’t as clear, but records submitted to the City Council last fall showed preliminary estimate that the 27 acres would cost $1.7 million.
The state would pick up 74 percent of the tab as long as the project isn’t derailed for failing to come in on time.
There is a June 2010 deadline for beginning construction that almost certainly won’t be met. The city is eyeing a possible extension to give it another year to get started
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