Cloquet School Board members have voted to have Superintendent Michael Cary look into the possible uses of a 5,000-square-foot parcel of land that’s for sale across the street from Churchill Elementary.

Over a month ago, Cary received a phone call from the landowner inquiring if the district is interested in purchasing a lot at 421 Granite St. that currently has one single-stall garage. Cary shared the news at the board meeting June 10.

On Monday, June 24, the board agreed not to bargain with the landowner until it’s clear whether or not the city would allow the district to build a larger garage on the site or use it for parking. The appraised value of the lot is $17,000.

Board member Dave Battaglia made the motion to have Cary look into what the district can do with the land.

“We’re always looking for storage space ... I think it might be a plus to have that little piece of land,” Battaglia said.

After talking with the city, Cary said there are some limitations to what the district can do with the land since the lot is relatively small.