CLAREMONT - School board members on Thursday night agreed to sell two pieces of surplus property.

The properties are the Service Center at 700 W. Base Line Road and the La Puerta lot at 2475 N. Forbes Ave.

The sales were passed unanimously as separate items.

Board member Steven Llanusa raised questions about the Service Center actually being surplus because it was being used.

"At the last meeting, there was talk of the necessity of doing this within a certain timeframe. To make this decision, it would enable the district to capture $500,000 to $1 million. My preference has been to retain the Service Center until we know it is a surplus. If we declare it a surplus, there is no option to return if the current plans don't work out. While I don't know for sure, this is a good decision I hope it is," said Llanusa, who voted to approve the sale.

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Lisa Shoemaker said the district would solicit bids for the properties in May.

In other actions, a resolution passed unanimously initiating proceedings for a recreation assessment district and ordering the assessment engineer to prepare a report.

Also, a resolution to urge Congress to rescind impending across-the-board cuts to education, or sequestration, passed on a 4-1 vote.

"It seems to me this does not solve the problem of the budget at the federal level. I don't believe this in the end will happen," board member Sam Mowbray said.


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