The Ore City Independent School District is negotiating the purchase of 18 acres of land for a new elementary school that would be built if voters pass an $8.5 million bond issue in May.

Currently, all schools in the East Texas district and the administration building are located on the same site. The proposed new elementary school would be built in a different location to relieve congestion at the existing facilities, superintendent Lynn Heflin said at a public meeting last week.

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