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FWISD, synagogue agree on $6.8 million sale of land for new school in Tanglewood zone

Voters will decide who sits on the Fort Worth school board on May 4.
Voters will decide who sits on the Fort Worth school board on May 4. rmallison@star-telegram.com

The Fort Worth school district agreed Tuesday night to pay $6.8 million for about 6 acres from Congregation Ahavath Sholom for the construction of a new school in the Tanglewood Elementary attendance zone in southwest Fort Worth.

Trustees voted 5-0 in favor of the agreement. Four trustees weren't present for the vote, including Ann Sutherland and Judy Needham, both of whom have constituents who live in the Tanglewood attendance zone. The two trustees were out sick.

The agreement eliminates the need for the district to use eminent domain to take the land, a power trustees voted to authorize a few weeks ago.

Next steps in the plans for the new school, which is meant to relieve overcrowding at Tanglewood, include getting lawyers to draft a contract, said Clint Bond, spokesman for the district. The district could begin working with an architectural firm soon, he said.

Trustees said they were glad an amicable resolution was reached.

"I am happy to have this completed and to move forward," board President Tobi Jackson said.

Sutherland said in a text message that she too was glad to have reached a "successful conclusion."

"I appreciate the professional work that our superintendent has done and the cooperation of the synagogue," Sutherland wrote.

Under the agreement, the district's purchase also includes half of the congregation's parking lot, making the entire lot a shared space.

The $28 million Tanglewood project is part of a record $750 million bond program approved by voters in November.

This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Diane Smith, 817-390-7675, @dianeasmith1

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