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Dubuque Community School District buys home near school

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DUBUQUE — The school board voted Monday night to continue with plans to buy a house.

The district was approached by a family selling a home next to Irving Elementary.

Officials plan to get rid of the house and use the lot to increase the number of parking spaces and create a better route for parents to pick up and drop off their children.

“A lot of our schools are landlocked and the family came to the school district and said 'we have the potential of selling this property. Do you have an interest? in purchasing it?' And we always look at offers like that,” said Kevin Kelleher, who is the executive director of the district's finance and business services.

Buying the house will cost the district about $240,000 and administrators hope they can sell the building to someone willing to move it.

Doing so would prevent having to demolish it.

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