WELLS, TX (KTRE) - Wells ISD is purchasing a house which the Church of Wells used for worship and will demolish the building to create new parking, the school's superintendent confirmed Monday.
Superintendent Dale Morton said the school is purchasing the building and two city lots at the corner of 4th and Bonita streets in Wells.
"Currently, our construction project across the street is being built on our parking lot, so we need additional parking," Morton said. "With this property we will be able to create staff parking and parent parking for our elementary campus."
Morton said the final closing is still in progress, but costs have been paid to the title company.
Dr. Cynthia Williams of Houston sold the property to the school.
Williams owned the two-story house church members used for worship. In a previous interview with KTRE, Williams said she originally purchased the building earlier in 2013 for her daughter and son-in-law, who were listed on the Church of Wells website. They were paying a mortgage, so that they would eventually own the home. Williams says that her daughter has since left the church, but her son-in-law is still living in that home. She said she was planning on putting the house up for sale after the first of the year.
Representatives of the Church of Wells declined an on camera comment but sent out a text message saying,"We do not desire to be involved with the media at this time."
Morton said the purchase comes from a thorough review of security and emergency operations plan with members of the community and county and regional emergency agencies. Creation of additional parking and expansion of a secure perimeter around the school campus were two priorities which emerged from the study.