Ownership of the former McCormick Middle School property should soon be transferred to the village.
The Wellington school board approved the sale Feb. 9 during a special work session, leaving a vote by village council as the final hurdle.
That vote and the formation of a committee to plan the future of the park are expected to happen when council convenes Feb. 21.
Some sections of the old McCormick Middle School dated back to 1867. It was torn down almost a year ago.
A 36-year, 3.47-mill bond issue approved in 2012 paid for the construction of the $15 million new McCormick at 627 North Main St.
A deal outlining the sale of the now-empty grounds at 201 South Main St. was approved by the school board in June 2015.
Wording in the agreement regarding the naming of the new park and the drafting of a new deed delayed the sale, said mayor Hans Schneider, who attended the Feb. 9 meeting with village manager Steve Dupee.
“The board wanted to hear from myself and Mr. Dupee about what we had planned. We’re thankful to the school board for being opened minded about it,” Schneider said.
Community members and officials will make up the park committee. Schneider declined to give specifics until Feb. 21.
“I think we need more involvement from the community on things like this, ” said school board member Ayers Ratliff. “I had reservations about this but I’m backing up on that now.”
Residents will be asked to submit suggestions for the new park’s name, with a possible all-year reunion of Wellington High School alumni in June of 2018 viewed as target date to announce the winner.
“Right toward the end of the year, we’ll start to get the word out about name suggestions,” said Schneider. “We’ll throw some of those up on a survey and see what the people want. It’s all still kind of a fluid situation.”
A time capsule and plaque will likely be placed at the site for historical perspective and to thank school board members for selling it to the village for $10.
Jonathan Delozier can be reached at 440-647-3171 or @DelozierNews on Twitter.
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