The Idaho State Board of Education is clearing the way for the University of Idaho to expand its footprint in Moscow.
This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that the state board approved the U of I's request to purchase 4.1 acres of land—former railroad property—for $1.8 million, thus connecting the core of the university's campus to downtown Moscow.
The board voted 5-1 to approve the sale, but board member Bill Goesling, who cast the sole dissenting vote, said he wasn't convinced that the university had adequate funding for the purchase.
Ron Smith, the university's vice president for Finance and Administration, told the state board that the intention was to "dismantle barriers" between the university and Moscow. Smith said the university was considering the property for construction of new research facilities and classrooms to further develop the U of I's medical program.
Also of note during Thursday's state board meeting, members approved requests from Boise State, the U of I and Idaho State University to sell or serve alcohol in designated areas during pre-game activities for football games.