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Could McKittrick school be on the move?

Could McKittrick school be on the move?
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A viewer called about a rumor that McKittrick Elementary could be moving. Eyewitness News went to the school to investigate.

The item was on the agenda at Tuesday night’s McKittrick School District board meeting.

The district has been approached by a local oil company about selling the property the school is on. Principal Barry Koerner said the oil company would then buy land on which to build a new school.

He said there are benefits to moving.

“It’d be nice to have multiple plugins,” he said. “You wouldn’t have to configure your classroom around where the outlets are.”

Parents we spoke with seemed on board. One said it could be a great deal.

Another, Kathy Cooper, said, "As long as it was equitable."

Koerner said possible opposition could come from community members upset about moving away from a school that’s been around since 1951.

“The oil company is willing to foot the bill to build you a brand new facility,” he said. "It’s something you can’t pass on just because of tradition."

Koerner also insisted the school isn’t going forward with any plans until the oil company can acquire the land suitable for a new facility.

“If it ever happens,” Koerner said, “it’d be because it’s a benefit for our students."

Eyewitness News contacted the oil company to confirm the negotiations but had not received confirmation as of this publication.
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