Ashford Complex Eyed

Rachael Keating/Clinton Herald

Clinton School Board Vice President Jim McGraw in January walks across the field at the former Ashford Sports Complex.

CLINTON -- The Clinton School Board is slated to approve the purchasing of the former Ashford University Sports Complex at a special board meeting Wednesday. 

The district sent a notice for the meeting late this afternoon. 

The district had been approached by Clinton Catalyst to enter into a bargain sale and gift agreement for the complex in the amount of $200,000. 

The money to purchase this property will come from a refinancing of the B.A.N. and not from PPEL money, according to district officials. 

Clinton Catalyst has been busy moving property in recent weeks. The group recently sold the former Ashford University campus on contract to Asian Education Foundation. Catalyst members also sold a home and part of a parking lot adjacent to the former Best Western Frontier Inn, a parcel of land still owned by Clinton Catalyst. 

The district revealed in late January that it was eyeing the Ashford complex. 

The complex features a turf football field, a nine-lane track, field event facilities, locker and medical facilities, and other amenities. It was estimated that the seating capacity of the bleachers could be 500 to 700.

The property hasn’t been used by Ashford University since the college closed in 2016. The complex was purchased by Clinton Catalyst in late 2015. 

Activities Director Justin Remington listed activities such as track and field, soccer, and lower-level football such as middle school and freshman-aged groups as hopeful future activities and tenants at the facility during a recent tour of the facility.

According to tax records from 2016, the property the district is planning to purchase at 1650 S. 14th St. was assessed at $5.086 million. The land was valued at $491,050, while the structures were valued at a little more than $4.595 million.

Also included at the meeting Wednesday will be the acceptance of several union and non-union contracts within the district, including the teacher's union. No information was provided on the settlement between the teacher's union and the district.