- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—RINDGE — The Jaffrey-Rindge Cooperative School Board voted Monday evening to acquire a piece of property next to Jaffrey Grade School that could immediately be used to relieve traffic congestion.

In a 7-0 vote, the board authorized the expenditure of no more than $140,000 from a school district fund for property acquisition to purchase a 9,758 square-foot lot at 30 Charlonne St.

The land also abuts property that was previously acquired by the district in 2012, according to information made available during a presentation at Monday night’s meeting.

The purchase price is estimated to be $135,925, but the board wanted to give itself wiggle room in case closing costs are more than expected.

Before Monday’s vote, there was $150,000 in the district’s property acquisition fund after district residents voted to add $100,000 to the fund last March at the school district’s annual meeting.

This acquisition is part of a long-term goal to own all of the property behind Jaffrey Grade School, according to chairman Jeffrey Clark-Kevan of Jaffrey.

“This is the first step,” he said.

Potential uses for the land include creating a safer environment by introducing a one-way traffic pattern, establish or redefine the playground area, increase the number of parking spaces for staff and students and improve safety for pedestrians, it was noted during the presentation Monday.

At-large board member Timothy Derr said the board has been waiting for the opportunity to buy land around the school.

“We need to take advantage of it,” Derr said.

Board member Forbes Farmer of Rindge later asked if Jaffrey Grade School is the school site that needs the extra property the most.

“Definitely — at least in my opinion,” Clark-Kevan responded.

Joel Weissmann, the owner of Community Transportation, which provides busing for the school district, said school-related traffic can get congested resulting in cars getting backed up down School Street toward Main Street.

“I think this is a win-win situation for the school district,” he said.

Matt Nanci can be reached at 352-1234, extension 1439, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @MNanciKS.

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