FBISD buys High School site in Sienna
August 11, 2008

Fort Bend ISD board of trustees on June 9 reversed their earlier position and approved a revised contract for the purchase of Hillwood site near Sienna Plantation and related joint development agreement for High School #11.


The school board, at its previous meeting, cancelled the contract for the purchase of the Hillwood site, saying the developer has been placing too many conditions.


The exact reasons for the initial cancellation and the subsequent restoration of the contract are not known.


With the renegotiated deal, the district is believed to have saved about $2 million in infrastructure development costs.


In March, the board had voted to buy 77 acres of property in Sienna for $3.35 million. Two weeks earlier, the trustees voted to buy 110 acres from Hannover Estates in the Arcola area at a cost of $5.3 million.


After the board purchased the Hannover site, Hillwood reduced its price by $500,000. Though Hillwood was the board’s first choice, the deal fell through initially.


The district will keep Hannover site as well and will decide on its use at a future date.


Jeff Wiley, Fort Bend Economic Development Council, and Doug Goff, Johnson Development, commended the FBISD Board and staff for their successful negotiations to arrive at an agreement for the purchase of two school sites (high school #11 and an elementary school) in Hillwood that were “in the best interest of all district stakeholders.”


Bill Odle, a Sienna resident, also commended the Board for the Hillwood land agreement and apologized for actions of some Sienna residents who sent rude communications to Board members and the superintendent.

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