The Oregon School Board met once again under closed session during a special meeting Monday morning “to discuss the land acquisition process, including negotiations,” district superintendent Brian Busler wrote the Observer in an email.

The board did not reconvene in open session to take any actions.

Oregon School District officials are in the midst of looking to purchase land for two proposed new schools; one a grade school likely in Fitchburg, the other a likely middle school in Oregon. The special meeting, held 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 18, was the latest closed session in which board members have talked about land purchases in connection with the planned Nov. 6 referendums, which would finance construction of the first of the two schools – an elementary school in Fitchburg – by 2020. The second school would likely be built by 2024 and financed by a separate referendum at that time, board members have said.

District officials are planning to meet with representatives from J.H. Findoff this week to finalize construction costs for the school. The school board is expected to vote on final language for the referendums at its July 9 meeting, though by law the board has until Aug. 27 to approve referendums to get on the Nov. 6 ballot.

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