Annexation Debate Over

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Tuesday's vote ends a nearly year-long "grab" for 30 acres of cornfield that will ultimately house the future Prairie Hill Middle School. The land is currently located in unincorprated Winnebago County. The school board decided that Roscoe can annex the site once the village becomes contiguous with the property. And they'll also get a free water hook-up and impact fees from the village. The board agreed to let South Beloit provide sewer service. It was decision that just made the most scene when it came to the district's bottom line. "When it came down to the final decision, it was about what would allow us to spend the least amount of money on infrastructure and the most amout of money dedicated to the new building," said Ted Rehl, Superintendent of the Prairie Hill School District. Rehl added that it was hard to make this decision knowing that both communities, South Beloit and Roscoe, are served by the school district. But again the board just felt it was best financial route to go. The debate over this land started in February of this year once the school district passed a referendum for the new middle school. Construction on the school is set to begin in March.