School district officials hope to go into mediation with a land owner over a 4.7-acre parcel that the district wants for a portion of its Krystal Elementary School campus, which is currently under construction.


The disagreement with owner Adams Holding Co., which has owned four non-contiguous parcels on Ranchero Road near Farmdale Avenue, centers on property value. Specifically, according to a recent news report, the two parties disagree on the value of the loss if the company gives up a portion of its land holdings in the area.


District officials are optimistic that formal mediation will bring the parties together and help seal the deal, according to the report.


If the transaction can't be completed through mediation, the Hesperia Unified School District and Adams Holding Co. are expected to go to trial in mid-November. If the HUSD loses the jury trial it would have to pay more than the original appraisal value for the land.


The parcel is expected to be used for the playground of Krystal Elementary, which is modeled after the Mission Crest Elementary campus. Mission Crest's grand opening was celebrated last May. Contrary to many school designs, Mission Crest's 36 classrooms are all indoors inside one large building. The school also has a multi-purpose room, library and administrative area.


Krystal Elementary School is expected to open in fall of 2009.