Halifax County School Board has put a down payment on a piece of property adjoining Halifax County High School for possible future use.

The board unanimously agreed to put down $4,000 on the 12 acres when they met Monday evening after deliberating in closed session.

ED-6 Trustee Todd Moser was absent from the meeting.

The 12 acres of property adjoining the high school is a portion of a 15.21-acre parcel which has been on the market for several years, according to Interim Supervisor of Secondary Education Scott Worner.

By putting down this payment, Worner said it removes the current property listing from the market for a period of 120 days allowing the school district time to solicit feedback from community stakeholders and review by the joint sub-committee for school planning regarding the merits of repair, renovation or replacement of the high school.

This additional property would supplant space for new construction, provide options to necessitate required parking/bus lots and/or trailer space should the high school be renovated, said Worner.

“No school division nor county resources will be expended to fund this option,” said Worner.

Funding is being derived from residual proposal review fees paid by the two unsolicited PPEA proposals submitted, according to Worner.

He also said the $4,000 is non-refundable should the property not be purchased but will be subtracted from the negotiated price should the property be purchased.