New High School Land Deal
A local businessman put a new offer on the table for Columbia Public Schools to consider.
The name George Godas is familiar if you remember a few years ago when he extended an offer to Columbia public schools.
He wanted to sell the school district 40 acres out of the 211 acres he owns.
His new offer is more land for less money.
George Godas wants Columbia's new high school in the northeast portion of the city.
The school board approved an 80 acre site in southeast Columbia just two months ago.
Godas is offering the school district 80 acres just off of I-70 on Route-Z. Unlike his last offer, he says this one is priceless.
"Not one dime. They can have 80 acres for free...nothing?...nothing," said Godas.
With northeast Columbia growing at a rapid pace, he feels that a school is vital and says this is the perfect way to give back.
"What else can I do for the community?" said Godas. "I got five kids, they all go to school and I want to give something back. Sometimes, money doesn't mean very much, but land is something special. They'll remember, George Godas donated the land to the school."
Godas also says he is willing to pay for construction of the roads leading to the new school. Columbia Public Schools says they are now reviewing Godas' offer.
"I'm just pleased that we have an additional offer by which we can make some considerations. Historically, we have had one offer on the table. This is now a formal offer," said Superintendent Phyllis Chase.
One northeast Columbia resident is in favor of a new school.
"I think it's important that we have another high school in Columbia and I think this is an excellent place for it. This side of town seems to be growing a lot and I think it would serve a lot of people out here," said resident Leslea White.
Godas feels the deal would serve as a great business opportunity to develop his land. At this point, Godas hasn't built anything on his hundreds of acres.
He says it's currently worth between $18 and $20 thousand per acre.
If the school doesn't move to the land he offered, he says he plans to build a commercial and residential area.