The Maize school district purchased the Paul Ewertz farmstead in west Maize at auction Thursday night, spending $1,627,400 for three tracts totaling 236 acres.
The land at 12500 W. 45th St. North, which is near Maize High School, will be used as a third district campus to accommodate future growth, district spokeswoman Karen McDermott said.
"There are no immediate plans for the land, but our student enrollment continues to grow," McDermott said.
The district plans every five to seven years for future facilities needs, McDermott said, a process that will soon begin again.
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"We have the Maize South campus and the original campus in Maize, so when we saw this amount of land available for purchase, we made the decision to move forward," she said.
"It will be a third campus for the school district, but there are no immediate plans to develop it."
The purchase is similar to the acquisition of the Maize South campus at 3701 N. Tyler Road, McDermott said.
"When we purchased that land we knew we were still growing," she said. "After we planned for our needs there, you see a high school, a middle school and an elementary school, plus enough ground for one more elementary school."
The land was auctioned by Don Burford of Jeff Lange Real Estate, who characterized it as top quality farm ground.
More than 100 people took part in the 45-minute auction, Burford said.
The estate sale concludes at 10 a.m. today with a personal property auction at the farmstead, Burford said.
The farmstead, zoned single family, has been the Ewertz family farmstead since 1917. It includes the family home, a Montgomery Ward catalog house ordered and built in 1926.
Maize city officials said they consider the area suitable for residential, commercial or educational uses.