State School Board Postpones Decision On Calhoun Community College Land Purchase

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Calhoun Community College officials made a strong pitch to the state school board today for authority to expand its Huntsville campus with the purchase of 51 acres in Thornton Research Park.

But board members, some of them openly skeptical of the plan, deferred to two-year Chancellor Dr. Freida Hill, who said she planned to conduct a "community needs assessment" for Limestone, Madison and Morgan counties.

 Hill, who said she supports the Calhoun project, said after the meeting she had no timetable for reporting her findings back to the board.

 Calhoun, the state's largest community college with more than 12,000 students, is seeking board permission to buy the property near the corner of Research Boulevard and Interstate 565 for $3.82 million.

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