The Hesperia Unified School District's Krystal Elementary School is still on track for an August 2009 opening, officials say, but there's one large bump in the road before construction can begin.

At their September 10 meeting, the HUSD school board will decide whether to begin eminent domain proceedings against Van Nuys-based Adams Holding Company. The company and district have been unable to come to an agreement on an undeveloped 4.7-acre parcel of land on the south side of Ranchero Road, near Farmdale Avenue.

"We bought two parcels for Krystal Elementary, and this is the third," Diana Gott, the HUSD's Director of Facilities, said Thursday.

The district first expressed interest in the parcel on March 2, 2006, and the Adams Holding Company gave the district permission to enter the property. The HUSD liked what they saw, and in May of that year, the California Department of Education gave the site a thumbs-up as well.

"And we've been attempting to acquire it ever since," Gott said.

The problem, though, is that the Adams Holding Company owns four non-contiguous parcels on the street.

"They either wanted to sell all or none of it," Gott said.

But with the district expressing interest in only the one parcel that would be used for part of Krystal Elementary School, communications began to break down.

"This person really hasn't responded [to letters]. ... At a certain point, we give it over to legal counsel."

If a judge agrees, the Adams Holding Company will be paid for the land, based on an appraisal made within the last 60 days.

The Hesperia Unified School District school board will meet on September 10 at 6 p.m. at Sultana High School. The board will hold a public hearing on the initiation of eminent domain proceedings at the meeting.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.