, Port Arthur, Texas

November 14, 2012

PAISD sells land to LSC-PA

Josh Brown
The Port Arthur News

PORT ARTHUR — Port Arthur ISD helped add to the ever-expanding Lamar State College-Port Arthur campus by approving the sale of a parcel of land during its board meeting Tuesday night.

PAISD trustees agreed to sell a 2.2 acre lot located at 1600 Lakeshore Drive to LSC-PA for $59,400. The land is next to the Music Hall and across the street from the Performing Arts Center.

LSC-PA has not be shy about its desire to add a dormitory to house athletes and other students, but President Sam Monroe said the college does not have a specific project in mind.

“It’s certainly large enough to handle that or any other educational building,” he said. “There are no definite or immediate plans.”

The sale price of $59,400 was $100 less than the property’s appraised market value, according to PAISD attorney Melody Chappel.

PAISD will now look to sell four other pieces of property located throughout the city: the former Edison Middle School (3501 12th Street), the former administration building (733 5th Street), the former special education building (845 5th Street), and the former external funding building (730 6th street).

The district will take bids for these properties, which have already been appraised. The board of trustees will vote to approve the sales once all the bids have been collected.

Bids may come in above or below market value, Chappel said, but the district will not accept anything less than the appraised price.

PAISD trustees approved two payments for legal services to two different law firms. The board meets in closed session before every meeting to discuss legal and personnel issues.

The first payment was to Wells, Peyton, Greenberg & Hunt, L.L.P for $21,747 for services from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31. The second payment was to Littler Mendelson, P.C. for $14,372 for services ending Sept. 28.